(b. 1810, Sèvres, d. 1865, Paris)
Cows Grazing in a Gladec. 1840
Pastel on paper, 77 x 66 cm
Constant Troyon is best known for his large-scale paintings of animals inspired by the works of the two great 17th century animal painters, Albert Cuyp and Paulus Potter. Still early in his career, as Troyon developed from his initial training as a porcelain painter to pursue a more serious artistic path, he looked to another artistic source: the pastoral landscapes of the 18th-century. The present work is a rare example of Troyon's Rococo-influenced landscapes.