Synonymous with the last generation of Dutch Romantic painters, Wouterus Verschuur remains unrivalled in his majestic rendering of horses. The son of a jeweler, Verschuur learned to paint at a very early age. He received his first lessons from Pieter Geradus van Os (1776-1839) and Cornelis Steffelaar (1797-1861).
Verschuur’s paintings display a high degree of perfection, boasting inventive compositions and masterful technique. This was recognized in his time, as Verschuur won a number of prizes including winning gold medals at the Felix Meritis Society painting competition two years in succession, and then gaining membership in the Akademie voor Bildene Kunsten and the Kononklijk Nederlands Institut in Amsterdam.
He worked in Amsterdam from 1846 to 1857 and 1869 to 1874, residing also in The Hague, Doorn (1842), Brussels (1867) and Haarlem (1858-68). Of Verschuur’s students, it was the Hague School painter Anton Mauve (Dutch, 1838-1888) who was the most important. Mauve adopted his teacher’s motif of horses and oxen in paintings such as Homeward Bound (private collection). Verschuur also taught his son Wouterus Verschuur Junior, who also specialized in painting horses.
Wouterus Verschuur’s painting Stable Interior With Horses is at the Historical Museum in Amsterdam, Horse Fair at the Frans Halsmus in Haarlem, and Incident from the Ten-day Campaign against the Rebellious Belgians, August 1931 at the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam.