W. (WOUTERUS) VERSCHUUR
1812 Amsterdam - 1874 Vorden
Wouterus Verschuur is known as the most famous horse painter of the Dutch 19th century. Like most painters of the Romantic period, he found his inspiration in the 17th century, and in particular with the horse painter Philips Wouwerman. Trained by Pieter Gerardus van Os, he won the Felix Meritis Prize (1831 and 1832) and became a member of the Royal Academy and Arti Et Amicitiae in Amsterdam at an early age. He lived and worked in The Hague, Haarlem and Brussels and sometimes collaborated with the landscape painter Cornelis Springer. Verschuur excelled in his true-to-nature rendering of horses. In his carefully composed compositions, he emphasized the use of light, achieving a subtle chiaroscuro effect. His work is executed with precision and the artisanship is shown in all its glory.