Joseph Raphaël Vitta, baron Vitta, French, 1860 - 1942 (Paris)
Hans Eduard Bühler, 1893 - 1967
November 15, 1985
Christie's (London), lot 41
Art Market (New York)
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Horses and Riders (recto); Horses (verso)
Théodore Géricault (French, 1791 - 1824)
France (Place Created)
21 × 27.9 cm (8 1/4 × 11 in.)
An enthusiastic horseman himself, Théodore Géricault was fascinated with the movement and power of these animals. In this page from one of his many dismantled sketchbooks, both the
On the back or verso, Géricault concentrated on bold renderings of horses alone. He practiced on four heads in the corner, while the central figures focus more on stance. The swirling lines that effortlessly suggest the head and manes of the animals blend into strong, muscular bodies with the addition of shaded lines. These quick sketches contrast sharply with the painstaking detail of a single hoof, where Géricault showed the nail studs of the horseshoe, the hairy fetlock, and strong bone structure with careful precision.