"For over 90 years, there has been a concerted and relentless effort to disparage, denigrate and obliterate the reputations, names, and brilliance of the academic artistic masters of the late 19th Century. Fueled by a cooperative press, the ruling powers have held the global art establishment in an iron grip. Equally, there was a successful effort to remove from our institutions of higher learning all the methods, techniques and knowledge of how to train skilled artists. Five centuries of critical data was nearly thrown into the trash. It is incredible how close Modernist theory, backed by an enormous network of powerful and influential art dealers, came to acquiring complete control over thousands of museums, university art departments and journalistic art criticism" http://www.artrenewal.org/articles/Philosophy/ArtScam/artscam.php

KOBELL family

        Very few info I could find abaut this family of artists. These are the only good quality images I could find,two belonging to Hendrik and one to Jan Baptist Kobell (can be eather Kobell II or Kobell III, both sharing similar names and being specialized in painting of livestock).
        Dutch family of artists of German origin. Heinrich Kobell, a Rotterdam merchant, was father of (1) Hendrik Kobell (born Rotterdam 13 September 1751; died there, 3 August 1799)  and (2) Jan [Joannes] (Baptista) Kobell I ( 1755- 1833), and brother of Balthasar Kobell, founder of the German branch of the family. Hendrik Kobell studied art in his home town, then for some time in England. He was sent to England by his father to follow a commercial career, but returned in 1770, determined to become an artist, and studied for two years in Amsterdam under Jacob de Vos and Cornelis Ploos van Amstel with such success that he was elected a member of the Academy. He settled afterwards at Rotterdam. Hendrik's son (3) Jan [Johan] (Baptist) Kobell II (1078-1814) was born shortly before his father's death. He became a successful painter. In 1805 he became a member of the Utrecht painters' association, and in 1807, together with Pieter Christoffel Wonder, he undertook the direction of the Kunstliefde ('Love of art society'), which they had founded in that year. From 1810 to 1812 Kobell worked in Paris; he settled in Amsterdam in 1813 and died there shortly afterwards in an asylum for the insane. Jan I's daughter (4) Anna Kobell (1790-1840)and his son (5) Jan Kobell III (1800-1838) were also artists. Jan Kobell III,  painter, draughtsman and lithographer,  studied with both his father and his cousin, (3) Jan Kobell II. Like Jan II, he specialized in the painting of livestock.

Jan Baptist Kobell

Hendrik Kobell

Hendrik Kobell

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