Hondecoeter was the most important specialist bird painter of the day. Here, he typically combines a faithful depiction of different species, based on a striking technique, with a subtle characterisation of the birds. Each chick has a different personality, ranging from upright and confident to shy and retiring, amounting to an almost human drama. In the centre, the mother hen catches our eye as in a portrait, whilst the rooster keeps a fatherly watch over everything. The artist includes his trademark stray feathers in the foreground.
Where to see this painting?
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
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