Peacocks

Artist: Melchior d' Hondecoeter (Dutch, Utrecht 1636–1695 Amsterdam)

Date: 1683

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 74 7/8 x 53 in. (190.2 x 134.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Samuel H. Kress, 1927

Accession Number: 27.250.1

Description

Hondecoeter represents the fourth generation of a family of painters originally from Flanders. He grew up in Utrecht but from 1663 onward worked in Amsterdam. His large pictures of exotic birds in parklike landscapes decorated elegant town houses, the residents of which also enjoyed or imagined retreats to country estates.

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