||Potter, Paulus (Dutch painter 1625-1654)
||The son of history painter Pieter Potter. He was recorded as a student of Jacob de Wet, another history painter in 1641in The Hague. Potter had a concern for the realistic structure and texture of animals. He made carefully observed studies of flowers, butterflies and insects, as well as Dutch farming practices. By the mid-1640s Potter had turned almost exclusely to depictions of animals in carefully arranged, flat landscapes and scenes of animals and farmers in the farmyard. He was fascinated by different qualities of light, direct and reflected. From the 1640s he was concerned with rustic naturalism, and portrayed farmers and animals in a positive light. He enjoyed sophisticated patronage at the Hague, in the late 1640s his paintings display a more elegant style and subject matter, showing elegant couples visiting the countryside within sight of the city and country houses. He left the Hague for Amsterdam in around 1652, where he died, aged 29.
Objects by Potter, Paulus (Dutch painter 1625-1654)