About the ArtistConstant Artz was born in Paris, the son of David Adolph Constant Artz (1837-1890). Constant Artz lived and worked in Holland. He was a student of The Hague Academy and in 1899, became a pupil of T. Offermans.
His father studied primarily with the Dutch painter Jozef Israëls and became intimate friends with artists Jacob and Matthijs Maris. Their brother, Willem Maris, was a great influence on Constant Artz, and along with fellow artists Neuhuys and B.J. Blommers, Constant’s father played a great role in nineteenth century genre painting.
Like his father, Constant Artz followed his love of nature and painted open-air cameos in a realistic style. He was particularly drawn to depicting ducks, and there was a huge demand for this type of illustration in the nineteenth century. In his paintings he shows the birds basking in bright sunlight, the artist’s play of light discernable on their downy feathers.