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Fighting Horses

WARD, James (1769 - 1859)

[image: Fighting Horses]

Date: 1808

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 100.3 x 135.9 cm

Acquired: 1971; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 468

In 1803 Ward saw A View of the Château de Steen by Rubens, then the property of Sir George Beaumont. In the pictures such as this, shown at the Royal Academy in 1808, he emulated the fluid, expressive technique of the Flemish master. Unlike Rubens, he was fascinated by the ferocity of horses fighting - a classical theme revived in the Renaissance and most recently treated by George Stubbs. Here the stallions represent unbridled passion and natural instinct.

1 comment

Kay on 18 March 2012, 22:16

I've been to the museum many times. This is the painting that has always captured my imagination since the first time I saw it. Outstanding.

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