Melchior de Hondecoeter Old Master painting for sale te koop schilderij The Bird concert, a family of ducks near a pond with a farm in the background (kf)
Melchior de Hondecoeter Old Master painting for sale te koop schilderij The Bird concert, a family of ducks near a pond with a farm in the background (framed)
Melchior de Hondecoeter Old Master painting for sale te koop schilderij The Bird concert, a family of ducks near a pond with a farm in the background (kf)
Melchior de Hondecoeter Old Master painting for sale te koop schilderij The Bird concert, a family of ducks near a pond with a farm in the background (framed)
Melchior de Hondecoeter
(Utrecht 1636-1695 Amsterdam)

“The Bird concert, a family of ducks near a pond with a farm in the background”

Oil on canvas: 102,5 x 87,5 cm

With monogram M lower right

Notes

Melchior d’Hondecoeter or de Hondecoeter was a Dutch painter who was one of the first in the market of still lifes and nature painting to focus on painting all kinds of birds and poultry animals in a sophisticated, sometimes dramatic composition.

The specialty of d’Hondecoeter – painting poultry – was not something the painter acquired from a stranger. His father and grandfather painted animals, and an aunt of his was married to the painter Jan Baptist Weenix, an Italianate painter. After being taught by his father, d’Hondecoeter apprenticed with his uncle Weenix. This allowed him to optimally develop his technique and use of color. In addition to scenes with birds in realistic positions, d’Hondecoeter also painted wallpapers with views of buildings and parks. Birds often played a role here too. The artist was born in Utrecht and died in Amsterdam. From 1659 to 1663 he worked in The Hague.

He liked to study religion and the Bible. Arnold Houbraken, who wrote down the story he heard from Jan Weenix, mentions that D’Hondecoeter always prayed aloud before going to sleep. He did so with such seriousness and ecstasy that his mother and uncle stood silently at the stairs, listening, doubting whether he should be trained as a painter or a preacher.

 

Museums with Hondecoeter paintings in their collections:

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Louvre Museum, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Maritshuis Den Haag, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo del Prado, THe Wallace Collection, KMSK Antwerp, KMSK Brussels, Städel Museum, MSK Gent, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

Provenance

  • Konst. Tifoscilos, Wenen 1904, no.75
  • Galerie Arnot, London 1919
  • Heirs to Minister Dr. H. Sulzer, Winterthur
  • Gebr. Douwes Fine Art, Amsterdam, nr. 8377, 1970s
  • Private collection, The Netherlands
  • Thence by descent to the current owners

 

Exhibitions

Kunstmuseum Winterthur, 1942, no. 145.

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