Oil painting with racehorse in the stable was executed in 1892 by prominent German horse painter Emil Volkers (1831 Birkenfeld - Düsseldorf 1905).Emil Volkers was one of the best animal painters of the Düsseldorf School of Painting and specializing in representations of horses.
He studied at the Dresden Academy before he continued his education in Munich by prestigious horse painters A. and F. Adam, followed by study trips to Italy and Romania.In 1855 created his first paintings of horses for the Oldenburger Hof, which established his reputation as an outstanding painter of horses. This was followed very quickly more orders from other studs.In addition to genre-like episodes with horses and horse portraits documentary Volkers also painted portraits, folkloric motifs from the life of the people, hunting, sports and scenes maneuvers.Volker´s paintings were acquired by private clients and museums. In Germany, for the art gallery in Wiesbaden and recorded the Wallraff-Richartz Museum in Cologne works by Volker. Numerous pictures were already in the 19th Century English and American collections.His love of horses discovered Emil Volkers in his youth. He spent much of his free time in the post office Birkenfeld, where he constantly had horses as a model for his drawings in mind.In the years before and after the turn of the century Volkers largely focused on documentary portraits of horses, which were well received, especially in racehorses owners.With great accuracy Volkers describes the horse´s body where it mainly manages an almost haptic interface design with respect to the fur.In particular, due to its precise manner of painting, it is not surprising that Volkers also designed illustrations for horses nonfiction, such as the 1869 published book "Exquisite horse breeds of Europe."
Literature: " Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenen Künstler " by Thieme / Becker. Leipzig, 1999.
Inscription: signed and dated Dec (ember) 1892 lower left.
Technique: oil on canvas, original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 23 3/4" x h 18 7/8" (60,5 x 48 cm); framed w 27 1/2" x h 22 7/8" (70 x 58 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.