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Obraz przedstawia rozległy stepowy krajobraz, po którym poruszają się jeźdźcy na koniach. Na pierwszym planie, w centrum kompozycji znajduje się mężczyzna dosiadający brązowo-białego konia. Ubrany jest w brązową koszule i szare spodnie. W ręku trzyma skierowany w niebo długi kij. Głowę odwraca za siebie. Za nim widoczna jest grupa prowadzonych koni. Za stadem na dalszym planie widoczne są mniej wyraźne sylwetki kolejnych jeźdźców. Stepowy pejzaż namalowany jest realistycznie. Na horyzoncie ukazane są białe zabudowania. Nad postaciami znajduje się błękitno-białe niebo.

Details

  • Title: Steppe horse farm
  • Creator: Józef Brandt (1841-1915)
  • Date Created: 1876
  • Physical Dimensions: 61.5 x 112.5 cm
  • Provenance: In the collection of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil since 1999 (a gift from Anna Grocholska-Müller from London).
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • About the author: Józef Brandt, (1841 Szczebrzeszyn – 1915 Radom), A painter, outstanding representative of the military art trend in the European painting of the second half of the 19th century. In 1870s and 80s he was the leader of the Polish artistic colony in Munich. Brandt’s intensive and technically unmatched artwork represents all advantages and disadvantages of the European historical painting, being at the same time its native, typically Polish variant. Adored by his fellow countrymen in his lifetime (as much as by German art dealers buying his paintings directly from the Munich studio and selling them all over Europe and overseas), that extraordinary romantic-military art painter, defined by Henryk Sienkiewicz as a “steppe poet”, went down in the history of Polish art (along with Juliusz Kossak) as a discoverer and bard of the Ukrainian exotic landscape, but also as the borderland and Mazovian folklore researcher, the author of expressive battles, picturesque hunting events and fairs. Starting with the realistic, academic craftsmanship, he sought inspiration mainly in the national romantic literature and in the past – in order to boost the morale of the country he depicted successes of the Polish army, revealing at the same time passion for rustic themes, genre scenes. Brandt’s paintings were also popular in Lodz. They were ordered and sold, among others, in the Artistic Salon of Zygmunt Bartkiewicz.

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