Paulus Potter

About Paulus Potter

Who is it?: Painter
Birth Day: November 20, 1625
Birth Place: Enkhuizen, Dutch
Education: Pieter Symonsz Potter
Known for: Painting

Paulus Potter

Paulus Potter was born on November 20, 1625 in Enkhuizen, Dutch, is Painter. Paulus Potter was a celebrated Dutch painter of seventeenth century. Trained by his father from a young age, he quickly developed a style of his own and became famous for his works on animals. In fact, animals appear in all his works, sometimes singly, but mostly in groups within a rustic landscape. In fact, he was the first established painter, in whose works animals were depicted as the main subject while human figures and landscapes were relegated to secondary position. Although he started his painting career in Amsterdam under the guidance of his father, his best paintings were created in Delft. Later he shifted to Hague and received royal patronage for a short period before moving back to Amsterdam. Unfortunately, he died at an early age of 28 from tuberculosis. In spite of that, he left more than 100 documented works. Among these works, ‘The Young Bull’ is said to be the most celebrated though not the finest. Instead, critics find his ‘Orpheus Charming the Beasts’ to be aesthetically more fulfilling. Although he did not have any recorded student his works have influenced many later artists.
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As per our current Database, Paulus Potter has been died on (1654-01-17)17 January 1654 (buried)\nAmsterdam, Dutch Republic.

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When Paulus Potter die, Paulus Potter was 29 years old.

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Occupation Painters
Age 29 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born November 20, 1625 (Enkhuizen, Dutch)
Birthday November 20
Town/City Enkhuizen, Dutch
Nationality Dutch

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Paulus Potter was born in Enkhuizen. He was baptized on 20 November 1625. In 1628 his family moved to Leiden, and in 1631 to Amsterdam, where young Paulus studied painting with his father, Pieter Symonsz Potter. After his mother died, his father started an affair with the wife of Pieter Codde, also living in the fancy Sint Antoniesbreestraat. For some time his father was a manufacturer of gilded leather hangings outside the city walls.


His most famous painting not to be confused with his work "The Bull" is The Young Bull (circa 1647), that is now in Mauritshuis in The Hague, composed after drawings Potter made in nature. Though this painting was criticized, it was greatly admired during the 19th century as an early Example of Romanticism. The Young Bull features as the canvas being studied in Mark Tansey's 1981 monochromatic oil on canvas The Innocent Eye Test.


Potter became a member of the Guild of Saint Luke in Delft, but by 1649, Paulus moved to The Hague, next to Jan van Goyen. Potter married in the Hague and his father-in-law, who was the leading building contractor in the Hague, introduced him to the Dutch elite. Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, a member of the stadholder's family and an art-lover, bought a painting with a pissing cow, but some court ladies seemed to have advised against it. By May 1652, after a case about delivering a new painting, he returned to Amsterdam. Potter was invited by Nicolaes Tulp, who was impressed by his civilized behavior and politeness. Potter painted his son Dirck Tulp, but only changed the face on an earlier work he was not able to sell. Potter died in Amsterdam.


Paulus painted a self-portrait which was at Hackwood Park, Hampshire until 1998. It is now at Elibank House, Buckinghamshire.

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