George Stubbs, Whistlejacket, c. 1762
oil on canvas. The National Gallery, London
Bought with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, 1997
Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum
Stubbs and the Horse
FORT WORTH • Kimball Art Museum • Ongoing
|George Stubbs (1724–1806) was a versatile genius whose work includes paintings, prints, and detailed anatomical studies. His many images of horses show a classical beauty, expressiveness, and heroism previously reserved for the human figure. Organized by the Kimbell Art Museum, Stubbs and the Horse is the first major exhibition to focus on this central theme in Stubbs’s work—from refined portraits of racehorses to dramatic scenes of horses attacked by lions in the wild—and celebrates the artist whom many consider to be the greatest painter of horses in the history of art. |
The exhibition’s centerpiece is the monumental Whistlejacket, the most widely admired of Stubbs’s works since its acquisition by the National Gallery in London in 1997. This work has never before been seen outside Britain.
Stubbs worked mostly for the horse-loving British nobility and gentry. Although he took advantage of the burgeoning public art exhibitions in his lifetime, showing and selling a number of his works at the annual exhibitions of the Society of Artists and the Royal Academy in London, the mainstay of his patronage was the private commission. He painted portraits of favorite racers, hunters, and stallions, scenes of mares and foals at stud farms, and draft animals, from the fine carriage horse down to the humble carthorse. With the creation and development of the English thoroughbred, the 18th century was the golden age of horse breeding and racing in Britain.
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