A virtuoso watercolour depicting horses and riders by Pierre Olivier Dubaut (1886-1968), a painter who specialised in equestrian scenes.
Classically trained, Dubaut was a member of several artistic societies. He particularly admired and had studied the art of Thodore Gericault, a fellow lover of horses. In collaboration with the Duke of Treviso, Dubaut prepared a definitive publication on Gricault. He collected Old Master drawings and works on paper by Delacroix and Guys.
Dubaut loved the immediacy of working on paper and en plein air.
As wrote Art critic and historian Gerald Schurr wrote about Dubaut in his "Dictionary of the Lesser masters, 1820-1920":
Pierre Olivier Dubaut was a master of the watercolour - it was the ideal vehicle for his nimbleness, his warm spontaneity. With an agile brush, he seized the fleeting movement, the ephemeral. Form is suggested in elegant and light lines, without repentance."
Dubout depicted scenes from the trenches during the 1914-1918 war, and in peacetime, scened from Normandy, with its horse racing, paddocks, polo, games bathers on the beaches of Deauville. Economic and limpid washes construct the essential.
Dubout's watercolours are conserved in numerous museums, notably at the French National Museum of Modern Art /Pompidou Centre, and the museums of Trouville, Compigne, Belfort and La Haye.
The work presented here is a wonderful example of Dubaut's favourite subject, horses and riders .
Painted circa 1920, our graphite and watercolour on paper measures 24 x 31 cm . Presented in its original frame, the overall size is 48 x 52 cm.
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