Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art | Licence: CC0 1.0
Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art | Licence: CC0 1.0

Fighting Horses

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A dramatic vigor pervades Géricualt's paintings and drawings, many of which present horses as the primary subject. The tragically short-lived artist was fascinated by the power and majesty of horses and was himself an avid rider. The brutalizing force that characterizes much of the artist's work is very much evident in this watercolor, in which a groom struggles to separate a pair of fighting horses.
Inscription: on old label (now removed), in brown ink: This drawing by Géricault was / the property of The Marquis of / Hertford & left to Sir Richard / Wallace, who in time bequethed / it to Sir John Murray Scott / Bart: / Purchased by Leggatt Bros at / the sale of Sir John Murray / Scott's Drawings etc, at 5 / Connaught Place Marble Arch. / Feb: 9th 1914.; on old label (now removed): across top, in graphite: 41 [circled] Dr. Bellingham Smith; down center, in brown ink: J. L. A. T. Géricault / Horses Fighting / Colles Marquess of Hertford / Sir Richard Wallace and / Sir John Murray Scott / Exhib. Burlington Fine Arts Club / 1922 . No 52. / Pictures drawings & Sculptures of French School / of the last 100 years.
Medium: watercolor over graphite
Dimensions: Sheet: 21.7 x 29.4 cm (8 9/16 x 11 9/16 in.)
Credit Line: Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund
Accesion Number: 1929.13
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