Mark Osman Curtis was a Scot who moved to Denmark just before WW I. He was somewhat of a hermit and was almost obsessive about keeping his personal information a secret, he worked under a number of known pseudonyms. Despite this seclusion he is nonetheless known by virtually every art dealer in Denmark. He, however, obviously found better comfort in the company of domestic animals and especially cows. Thus his preferred choices of motifs were villages, or tidal meadow scenes with cows and in the former case often with hens.b He has also frequently made close-up portraits of calves, but common to his motifs is that humans are seen extremely rarely in his paintings.