The talented livestock painter Hendrik Savrij was the son and student of the still life painter Martinus Savrij in Haarlem. He was born in this city in 1823 and continued to live until his death in 1907.
His sister, Cornelia Johanna was also a painter and later his son, Henri Savrij, would also make a name for himself as a painter of landscapes with cattle.
Hendrik Savrij continued a tradition of painting artfully arranged, beautifully modeled cattle in Dutch pasture landscapes, which started in the 17th century with painters such as Albert Cuyp and Paulus Potter.
Contemporaries included the Hague cattle painters Pieter Stortenbeker and Jan de Haas. Museums: including the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the Rijksprentenkabinet Amsterdam, the Haags Gemeentemuseum and the Centraal Museum Utrecht.
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