Original: oil on canvas 339 x 235,5 cm, wxh
Paulus Potter enlarged the painting The Bull by sewing pieces of linen to the left and right after painting the bull. He did this in order to paint the figures on the left and the meadows with grazing cattle on the right. In the background, the city of Rijswijk can be seen. Paul gave much attention to details such as the cow’s whiskers, the flies near the bull’s back, the frog on the ground and the lark in the sky.
It was extraordinary that Paul Potter chose to depict an ordinary bull on such a large scale, but the depiction of the time is at least as special. The horns of the bull are those of a 2-year-old, the teeth of a 4-year-old, the shoulders of a fully-grown bull and the rear part of a young bull.
Originally the painting was on show in the Prince William V Gallery in the Buitenhof, but it was taken by Napoleon to Paris to be hung in the Louvre. After Napoleon’s abdication, the painting was collected from Paris by horse and cart and hung in the Mauritshuis in The Hague. It is Paulus Potter’s most famous painting and the figurehead of Dutch naturalist painting.
For more information on the life and work of Paulus Potter, please visit his painters page
The Bull can be seen in the Mauritshuis / The Hague / The Netherlands
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