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Dujardin, Karel
The Three Swine near the Hedge
around 1652

Likely a pupil of Nicolas Berchem, whose work is also represented in this exhibition, Dujardin visited Italy in the years 1652-1655 and revisited the rural themes and earthy vigour of Pieter van Laer’s prints, as seen in this comic scene of happy pigs. His landscape with a donkey and sheep, by contrast, incorporates such low subject matter into a grander compositional conception aligned with the work of Nicholas Poussin (1594-1665) and Claude Lorrain (around 1604-1682), yielding a synthesis of classicism and naturalism that served the artist for the remainder of his career, in various media.

 
Dujardin, Karel
born Amsterdam, Netherlands 1626; died Venice, Italy 1678
The Three Swine near the Hedge
around 1652
etching on paper, state 2 of 2
12.6 x 15.6 cm
Purchase, Consolidated Fund, 1976
19-030

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