Framed: 10 x 9 1/4 inches
Born in Haarlem on October 26, 1842, Boogaard studied under Dutch artist Pieter Friedrick van Os when he relocated to Rotterdam as a young man. Over the course of his life Boogaard would paint and exhibit pieces in many places throughout Europe and the United States including Philadelphia, London and Cologne. He worked in many different genres including, still lifes, figural pieces and animal pictures.
Despite its small size, Tete de Cheval has all of the classic elements that made Dutch painting so far ahead of its time. Boogaard's rich use of paint, strong contrasts in light and darkand the subtleties in color variation lend greater charm to this modest portrait. Pieter Friedrick van Os was considered to be the best painter of animal subject matter in the Dutch school. Since the days of Van Eyck and then Rembrandt, the Dutch School was well known for its close-knit relationships between students and teacher. The practicing student spent intense periods in the ateliers apprenticing under the masters, often learning to emulate ands copy the style and techniques of their teachers to a much greater degree than their French counterparts. So even in a painter such as Boogaard, the techniques of many of the most celebrated Dutch painters is plainly evident.
Greenwich Gallery of American Art, Greenwich, Connecticut