Belgian artist Cornelis van Leemputten is a good example of self-taught artists. Though, he attended an art academy in his later years, after setting a good reputation as a painter, he mainly learned, produced and was known as an excellent self-taught artist. That shows his deep desire for the art.
Artist’s main theme through-out his career was mainly focused on landscapes which included sheep and such shepherds. That’s a very rare and unique subject to select as the only main theme, but he mastered the theme and not to mention, that it is more difficult to portray an active sheep than a person who will sit as he is asked for.
This painting shows a boy in blue shirt and a round hat posing with a stick in meadow with a black dog beside, while his flock of sheep is resting and grazing the grass. The boy’s gaze is away from the viewers. The whole scene is full tranquillity and peace and makes us jealous for the man having such good place to live in.
Depiction is wonderful and flawless in every aspect. Every sheep looks real and anatomically impacable. Lower point of view, almost matching with the sheep’s eye level is un-overbearing and makes the viewer’s view angle lower enough to assume that we are watching the scene while sitting on that same soft green grass.
Moreover, artist has also included multiple poses and view angles of the sheep as well. The whole flock isn’t standing just randomly. Cornelis has depicted every sheep with different position.
This could be a perfect piece to hang in house, if you are a lover of nature or come from the similar background of the theme-subject of the painting. Just for a nostalgic memory.
And looks like, someone has already bought it for their house. Because this 1.5×2.5 feet oil on canvas painting is already in a private collection.