European Art
Artist: Gustave Courbet, French, 1819–1877

Hunter on Horseback

ca. 1864

Oil on canvas

unframed: 119.4 x 95.3 cm (47 x 37 1/2 in.), framed: 197.1 x 118 cm (77 5/8 x 46 7/16 in.)
Gift of J. Watson Webb, B.A. 1907, and Electra Havemeyer Webb
1942.301
The majestic figures of a hunter and his horse are set against a pale, wintery landscape, as they track the wounded animal that left bloody prints in the snow. This painting may have been part of a larger composition: Courbet listed it under “Studies and Sketches” in an exhibition of his work in 1867. It was still in the painter’s studio upon his death a decade later.
Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

Michele Haddad, A la chasse avec Gustave Courbet (Besancon, France: Les Cahiers de l’Ethnopole, 2012), 100–101, fig. 52.

Les Chasses de Monsieur Courbet, exh. cat. (Besancon, France: Les Editions du Sekoya, 2012), 70–71, fig. 9.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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