Cattle in a Flemish Landscape

by Frans van Leemputten (1850-1914)

Signed lower right

Frans van Leemputten was born in 1850 and was the brother of Cornelis Van Leemputten. He studied at the Academie Royale de Beaux-Arts in Brussels and took part in many exhibitions that were organized by a group called La Chrysalide - which promoted the realist movement. Leemputten was heavily influenced by the works of the realist novelist Hendrik Conscience and devoted his career to portraying life in the country, depicting the simplicity of the rural environment and way of life. He was an attentive observer, although his paintings emphasize the atmosphere of gentle melancholy.

From about 1888 he was influenced by luminism, and his paintings became brighter, although his subjects did not change. Leemputten’s works can be found in many international exhibitions and he received numerous medals. He was appointed professor of animal painting at the National Hoger Institute in Angwerp, the city in which he settled and pursued his academic career and where he died in November 1914.

Cattle in a Flemish Landscape

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19th Century

Oil on Board

7 1/4 x 12 inches, (8.5 x 30.5 cms)

UK Private Collection