THE GUARDIAN OF THE FLOCK
Ol on panel: 61.5 x 81.5 cm / 24.2 x 32.1 ins
Signed and dated '1864' lower left; certified, situated and dated 'Bruxelles, 1864' on the back
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 Verwée and the brothers Charles and Edmond Tschaggeny.
Warneton 1798 - Schaerbeek (Brussels) 1881
Amsterdam - Antwerp - Brussels - Courtrai - Detroit - Ghent - Liège - Lierre - Louvain - Luxemburg - New York - Paris - Saint-Petersburg - Turnhout - Valenciennes - Verviers
P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 518.
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Animal Painters; Belgian and Dutch Artists born between 1750 and 1880", Knokke 1998, p. 7-73 & 484-485.
P. & V. Berko, "Eugène Verboeckhoven", Knokke 1981.