Heinrich von Zügel
Three Young Cows with their Drover in the High Meadow Grass, Worth
Oil on canvas
21 x 31 3/4 in. (53.34 x 80.65 cm)
Founding Collection, Gift of Charles and Emma Frye, 1952.206
Three cows stand side-by-side on a lush and verdant riverbed in this impressionistic-style painting. All cows are about the same size with their heads clustered together. The cow furthest on the right stands nearly in profile, showing their full left side. They’re black and white in color with two large spots: one covers their stomach, the other their head. The center cow is turned to the right, they’re mostly white with umber spots covering their ear, neck, and under their left eye. The cow on the far left faces the viewer head-on, although their left ear is obstructed by the white and umber cow. They are mostly white with a soft pink nose and ears and a cream chest. It’s daytime, and the light is soft and dappled.