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Willem Maris: 'Ducks alighting on a Pool'

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There was a duck pond near the artist's home at Voorburg, where he drew and painted the birds in oil and watercolour.

The impression is of a winter or early spring scene. There is a mass of sparse foliage around the branches, suggesting early growth. The mallard has a full blue-green head of feathers - he loses this after spring.

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