This painting belongs to a body of Stubbs’ work produced for wealthy aristocratic patrons, commissioned as accurate portraits of race horses. Stubbs’ anatomical studies of horses, resulting in his publication The Anatomy of the Horse
, greatly aided his highly naturalistic depictions.
Mares and Foals in a River Landscape
Original: Oil paint on canvas 101.6 x 162 cm
George Stubbs was an English painter, draughtsman and printmaker. His study of anatomy enabled him to paint animals with unsurpassed truth to nature, while his innate sense of design led to graceful, rhythmic compositions. His contemporary reputation was chiefly based on portraits of horses and dogs, but he also painted human portraits, conversation pieces and imaginative subjects with animals. He later experimented with enamel painting and perfected a beautiful mixed-method printmaking technique.