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Cows at the Watering Place

Photo credit: The Bowes Museum

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This idyllic view of rural life is signed by the Sevilian painter. The luminous palette and the softness of Cortés's brushwork contribute to the pastoral mood of this image of a young woman guiding cattle through a stream. Cortés's works combine the influence of the French Barbizon School, with the romantic approach to nature of his Spanish contemporaries. Their idealisation of the peasant life, which precluded any reference to the hardships endured by agricultural workers, appeared as a nostalgic reaction to the increasing industrialisation of the country during this period. Andrés Cortés was an Andalusian painter, born in Seville, who studied in France with Constant Troyon, through whom he was influenced by the Barbizon school. He also painted genre scenes in the style of Murillo.

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle


Cows at the Watering Place




oil on canvas


H 55.2 x W 40.9 cm

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bequeathed by the Founders, 1885

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