Jean-Baptiste Coene

River Landscape With Cattle & Figure

Jean-Baptiste Coene

River Landscape With Cattle & Figure

This exquisite early 19th-century oil painting by Belgian artist Jean-Baptiste Coene (1805-1850) depicts a young drover crossing a shallow river with her cattle.

Coene learnt from the masters of landscape, the early Dutch painters whose works we still regard today as setting in stone the basis of solid composition. He would’ve studied extensively to be able to produce such a polished result. One which is rendered with the finest details, while also offering a design, which enlivens the imagination.

The composition is deliberately challenging. Note the position of the birch trees. They extend above the figure to add emphasis and draw the eye. Note too the angle of the figure, she’s looking across the cattle and outwards. This further guides us as we navigate the scene.

The sky is also rendered beautifully and the clouds seem to pass overhead. Such a remarkable work.

Signed in the lower right and held within a later frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 36” x 28½” / 91cm x 73cm
Year of creation: c. 1830
Provenance: Private collection, England.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction maximum: £10,469

Jean-Baptiste Coene

Jean-Baptiste Coene

Jean-Baptiste Coene was a Belgian artist predominantly known for finely executed landscapes in the romantic tradition. He was trained by his father, Constantin Coene (1779-1841), and exhibited at the Brussels Salon.

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