Oil on canvas: 80 x 116 cm / 31.5 x 45.7 ins
Signed and dated '1857' lower middle

Louis-Pierre Verwee: Painter of landscapes and animals.

Louis-Pierre Verwee was the father of Alfred Verwee. He was a pupil at the Courtrai Academy and received advice from Jean-Baptiste De Jonghe. He was a prizewinner in 1824. Later on he entered the studio of Eugène Verboeckhoven in Ghent. His preferred subjects were winter scenes, often enriched with figures painted by his master and friend Eugène Verboeckhoven. He exhibited in Bruges, Ghent, Courtrai, Brussels and Paris. He was very successful. He visited France, Germany, Holland and Great Britain.


Eug. VBH: Painter of animals, animated landscapes and portraits; sculptor, engraver and lithographer.

Eugène Verboeckhoven studied under his father, Barthélemy Verboeckhoven, a sculptor. In 1816 he worked under Albert Joseph Voituron in Ghent, where he exhibited from 1820 onwards. He visited the Ardennes, France, Great Britain, Germany and Italy. He played an important role in the Belgian Revolution of 1830 and was appointed Director General of the Brussels Museums. He was held in high repute.

He elaborated on the works of artists such as Jean-Baptiste De Jonghe, Pierre François De Noter, Barend Cornelis Koekkoek, Edouard Delvaux, Alexander Joseph Daiwaille, Frans Keelhoff, François Verheyden and his pupils Louis-Pierre Verwee and the brothers Charles and Edmond Tschaggeny.

Verwee: Courtrai 1804 - Schaerbeek (Brussels) 1877; Belgian School
VBH: Warneton 1798 - Schaerbeek (Brussels) 1881; Belgian School

Verwee: Courtrai - Dijon - Ypres
Verboeckhoven: Amsterdam - Antwerp - Brussels - Courtrai - Detroit - Ghent - Liège - Lierre - Louvain - Luxemburg - New York - Paris - Saint-Petersburg - Turnhout - Valenciennes - Verviers

P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Animal Painters; Belgian and Dutch Artists born between 1750 and 1880", Knokke 1998, p. 7-73, p. 484-485 / p. 510.
P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 518 & 519, illustration p. 349.