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  •  “Farmyard Fowl”, oil on panel c. 1868 | Johan Lodewijk Van Leemputten
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“Farmyard Fowl”, oil on panel c. 1868 | Johan Lodewijk Van Leemputten

ITEM #: 806XCP24Q

Price:  $2,800.00

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Executed in oil on panel, signed lower right "J.L. Van Leemputten 1868"
Item # 806XCP24Q

A meticulously painted scene of roosters and hens pecking about in the dirt for grubs and seeds beside a plaster barn with its thatched roofing before large flat pasture and a group of farm houses in the distance, the painting is typical of Leemputten and his total commitment to Realism.  It is a vibrant and nostalgic scene.  Executed in 1868 and signed as such in the lower right corner, this was painted as a pair to another painting by Leemputten that may still be in the gallery (view our shop inventory to see if it is still available).  It is a very well developed scene with an interesting use of light to create contrast in the picture that is rather complex to render in the fowl - the way light changes the cast of each pigment in their feathers.  Light chases the top of the golden foliage beside the barn, while allowing the interior to take on a deep brown of the shade.  The painting is housed in a 20th century polychromed frame. 

Measurements:  22 1/2 W x 2 D x 16 1/2 H [frame]; 18 7/8 W x 12 1/2 H [panel]

Condition Report:
Light surface craquelure.  Under uv: scattered touchups in the sky, a few scattered touch ups in the grass behind the fowl; edge of barn roof with a touch of inpainting; flare in the lower left corner is simply the change of pigment from shadows (not a touchup).  Modern frame with minor wear and chipping.  Cleaned in the last decade or so and remains in very good presentation-ready condition.