Hunter on Horseback Artist: Gustave Courbet (French, 1819–1877)

ca. 1864

European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art

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.

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

unframed: 47 × 37 1/2 in. (119.4 × 95.3 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of J. Watson Webb, B.A. 1907, and Electra Havemeyer Webb

Accession Number

1942.301

Culture
Period

19th century

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Atelier Courbet (photographed by Eugène Feyen in Courbet's Ornans studio, 1864); Courbet's studio sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 28 June 1882, lot no. 5 (purchased by Bernheim for Fr 1,600); Théodore Duret Collection, France; Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York, before 1914-1929 (purchased from Duret for Fr 30,000); Electra Havemeyer Webb Collection, New York (by descent), 1929-1942.
Bibliography
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