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Early in his career, Vincent Van Gogh painted Lying Cow with oil on canvas, around the year 1882. The date this painting was created is not known exactly but is often associated with Cows in the Meadow - painted in 1883 with the same theme. During this period, the artist had just moved from living with his parents in Etten to Nuenen, both in the Netherlands.
With the help of Anton Mauve, his cousin-in-law, Van Gogh was presented to oil painting as well as watercolor. He also helped the young artist by lending money to start an art studio, but that did not work out as planned. Their relationship became cold, and Mauve stopped responding Van Gogh's letter. The artist believed this happened for the same reason his father was putting pressure on him - during this time; he lived with Clasina Maria Sien Hoornik, an alcoholic prostitute. Hoornik had a small child and had another one on its way. The artist portrayed her image in many sketches and paintings, but after a year together he left them and moved to Drenthe.
The painting Lying Cow is an example of work that reflects Van Gogh's interest in Realism. He often portrayed peasants working on the farms, as he felt that this theme had a certain divine connection. He wished to become a missionary and work for the people in need. Even though he didn't realize this dream - as his views on religion changes throughout his career - it can be seen in many of his paintings. He admired the wheat field related works of Jules Breton and Jean-François Millet. This particular painting may not portray workers, but its theme is very much in sync with Realism and the rural atmosphere.
Van Gogh uses a horizontal canvas to paint a cow lying on the ground. The front hooves are tucked under its chest, and its back feet are showing underneath its belly, in a relaxed position. It looks straight into the viewer's direction and has a limited color pallet. The dark area of the fur varies little in shades of black and brown, while the white areas have some shades of red and blue. The green grass takes up the whole canvas, as there is no horizon. The paint strokes are rough, but it is clear that the artist is still concerned on representing what he sees in a realist manner.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Lying Cow, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Lying Cow that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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