This is a pair of a 'Witrik' (left) and a 'Friese Roodbont' (right). The Witrik is not an official breed; it is the coloring which makes this type special. In other countries, they know him as the 'Irish Moiled' or the 'Pinzgauer'. They are known for their white stripes (on the back and the belly).
The Friesian is, for the Netherlands, more special. A couple of ages ago, the cattle almost exclusively consisted of 'roan' (red) species. In 1750, there was a plague and, to make it even worse, also a flood. Because of this deadly combination, three-quarter of the Dutch cattle disappeares. Denmark and Germany brought some black cows to Holland, which became the anchestors of the nowadays 'Fries-Hollands' cattle (German Black Pied cattle).
The 'Friese Roodbont', the right cow, is nowadays registered as a 'rare old Dutch Breed', which makes him very special.
The artwork is a combination of 'realistic' acrylic in combination with sketchy charcoal to give the painting a modern touch on a 'English red' classic background.
Canvas, gesso and charcoal
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