English Naive School
19th century. "Horses and ruins". Oil on canvas.
77 x 117 cm.; 89 x 128 cm. (frame).
English school, 19th century. "Horses and ruins". Oil on canvas. Measurements: 77 x 117 cm.; 89 x 128 cm. (frame). The orientalist taste and the landscapes with classical ruins were two pictorial genres that were in vogue during the second half of the 19th century. Both themes coincide in this composition, in which a certain dreamlike quality is given by the reinvention of a landscape sublimated by the vestiges of stone. Fragments of peristyles, formed by slender Doric columns, form the frame of a leafy landscape presided over by two elegant figures in Ottoman costume. They carry noble horses, one white, the other mahogany-coloured, whose satin skin and turned anatomy are silhouetted against a dawning vault.