In the stable
Oil on panel 48 x 61.8 cm (18.9 x 24.3 in)
Signed lower left and 1850
Swiss private collection
Wouterus Verschuur (1812–1874) was a Dutch painter of mainly horses. He is one of the later representatives of Romanticism in Dutch art. He studied with the landscape and animal painters Pieter Gerardus van Os (1776–1839) and Cornelis Steffelaar (1797–1861). His talent was recognized early on, and so he was already a member of the ‘Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten’ and a member of the ‘Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut’ in Amsterdam from 1833. Although he stayed mainly in the Neterlands, he also made a name for himself abroad. One of his paintings shown at the world exhibition in Paris in 1855 was acquired by Napoleon III.
Verschuur’s pictures are strongly oriented towards the works of the artists of the 17th century, in particular the horse motifs of the animal and battle painter Philips Wouwerman.