Two Bulls Fighting

A work made of etching on ivory paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory paper.

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

Paulus Potter
Dutch, 1625-1654

About this artwork

Paulus Potter enjoyed great popularity as an animal painter and etcher. Other contemporary artists, like Aelbert Cuyp, also specialized in animals, and few Baroque Dutch landscapes were devoid of livestock. Yet Potter demonstrated his particularly close observation of the beasts—hooves, shaggy fur, limpid eyes, and all. Like his most famous painting, a lifesize portrait of a prize bull, this etching celebrates the fighting bulls’ physicality. Potter’s career was brilliant, but brief, for he died of tuberculosis before he turned 30.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Paulus Potter

Title

Two Bulls Fighting

Origin

Holland

Date

1645–1654

Medium

Etching on ivory paper

Dimensions

105 x 141 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.4841

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