Constant David Ludovic Artz (1870-1951) - Ducks By A Pond. Oil On Board.

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'Ducks By A Pond' by Constant David Ludovic Artz (Dutch, 1870-1951). Signed lower right.

Fascinated by nature from a young age, Constant Ludovic Artz made his name as a painter of idyllic scenes of ducks and waterfowl, scenes which were of great interest among the public in the nineteenth-century as an antidote to ever increasing urbanisation and industrial onslaught.

Artz was a master at depicting his subjects with a smooth, impressionistic touch. His paintings, often quite small, stand out because of their friendly appearance and retain their popularity to this day. His work can be found in both collections of many Dutch museums and in private collections worldwide.

This Artz painting depicts a white duck and five yellow ducklings on a pond bank dappled with sunshine. The work has craquelure throughout but the paint remains stable. The whole work has a matt appearance, likely an issue with the varnish or absence thereof, however the painting nonetheless draws the eye when displayed. A mark of the artist's skill.

Label verso for an auction dated 8th March 1994. The details of this sale have been located; they contain a photograph of this painting and document the piece as a work by Constant Artz (1870-1951). 

Dimensions (framed)

Length: 47cm

Height: 42cm

Depth: 8cm

 

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