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Cart Horses
  • Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps (1803 - 1860)
  • Cart Horses
  • France
  • 1830
  • Painting
  • Watercolour and bodycolour with some gum varnish on paper
  • Image size: 22.2 x 31.5 cm
  • Signature: 'Decamps 1830'
  • P717
  • Not on display
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Although he studied briefly with Étienne Bouhot and then Alexandre-Denis Abel de Pojol, Decamps was largely self-taught. He made only one visit to the Middle East, in 1828 (visiting Turkey, Greece and North Africa), but in the 1830s he established a considerable reputation as a painter of Orientalist themes and of religious subjects set in convincing locations. Although his ambitions to be a history painter on a grand scale were never realized, many contemporary critics ranked him with Ingres and Delacroix (qq.v.) among the leading French artists. He visited Italy in 1835. This watercolour is perhaps indebted to the oils and watercolours of sturdy carthorses by Gericault.