Whistlejacket, by George Stubbs. 🎨 A fascinating canvas

Whistlejacket, by George Stubbs. 🎨 A fascinating canvas

6/24/2021, 9:01:30 AM
Whistlejacket, by George Stubbs. 🎨 A fascinating canvas showing the Marquess of Rockingham’s racehorse at life-size, rearing up against a plain background. Described by The Independent as “a paradigm of the flawless beauty of an Arabian thoroughbred”. Stubbs depicts Whistlejacket rising to a levade, but with his head turned towards the viewer, in a pose comparable to a number of earlier monumental equestrian portraits, including examples by Rubens and Velázquez, but in these the emphasis is on the rider. The paradigm of a horse painting for me! 🧑‍🎨 George Stubbs (British, 1724-1806) was a painter specialized in equine art, who was invited by Rockingham to spend "some months" at Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire, his main country house. Stubbs had painted many horse portraits, with and without human figures, but the heroic scale and lack of background in Whistlejacket are unprecedented in his work and equine portraits in general. Contemporaries were so astonished that a single horse should command a huge canvas that legends quickly developed explainting why the painting was unfinished, none of which seem plausible or supported by the evidence to modern art historians. 📐Height: 292 cm (115 in). Width: 246.4 cm (97 in). Oil on canvas, 1762. 🏛National Gallery, London. @nationalgallery What do you think about this? Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!

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