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Full title Ducks alighting on a Pool
Artist Willem Maris
Artist dates 1844 - 1910
Date made about 1885
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 32.4 x 20.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by J.C.J. Drucker, 1912
Inventory number NG2875
Location Gallery A: Paintings after 1600
Ducks alighting on a Pool
Willem Maris

Willem Maris trained at the Hague Drawing Academy, as did his two older brothers, Jacob and Matthijs, who were also artists. His paintings are of traditional Dutch subjects – particularly animals and landscapes – but painted in a lyrical manner that, in his later work, comes close to French Impressionism. His favourite motifs were cattle, and later ducks and chickens, in meadows or landscapes that typically include willow trees and also ponds, canals and rivers.

In this small painting we see a duck pond near the artist’s home at Voorburg. The sparse foliage and pale sky suggest it is winter or early spring. A mallard in full blue-green head plumage approaches a white duck that is perhaps about to alight on the water. Maris has created an atmospheric scene using a mesh of delicate brushstrokes and by limiting his principal colours to cool grey-greens and olive-browns.

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