(The Hague 1844 – 1910)
A Cow Lying Down (c. 1893)
Signed lower left
Watercolour on paper laid down on cardboard, 26.1 x 34.7 cm
For his entire life Willem Maris remained true to the subjects he had chosen in his youth: meadow landscapes with willows and ditches, cows or calves in a meadow, by a river or pond, and later ducks and chickens. His paintings and watercolours are best known for his emphasis on light. Maris’ often cited motto was: “I don’t paint cows, but rather effects of light.” Maris may have used this watercolour painting as a preparatory study for his oil painting A Cow Lying Down (c. 1893), that is part of the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum, inv. no. KM 100.970.