A Cossack Horse in a Landscape

A Cossack Horse in a Landscape

James Ward, English, 1769-1859
Graphite and oil paint on paper mounted on panel
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Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

James Ward, A Cossack Horse in a Landscape, 1820s. Graphite and oil paint on paper mounted on panel; 13 1/4 × 17 3/16 in. (33.7 × 43.6 cm). Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.23

image height: 13 1/4 in, 33.6550 cm; image width: 17 3/16 in, 43.6563 cm; frame height: 21 5/8 in, 54.9275 cm; frame width: 25 1/2 in, 64.7700 cm; frame depth: 4 1/4 in, 10.7950 cm
European and American Art Before 1900
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

James Ward studied the work of Britain’s most celebrated horse painter, George Stubbs. But in contrast to Stubbs’s hyperrealism, Ward imbued his pictures with an atmospheric romanticism. Here, while carefully describing his subject’s dappled gray markings and the prominent bone structure of its head, he represented the tail and mane in loose brushstrokes and merely suggested the surrounding terrain in expressive dabs and swirls of oil pigment. 

Known Provenance
Private collection, England; sale, Christie's, London, April 10, 1992, Lot 70 (unsold); Christie's, London, April 11, 1997, lot 38; from which acquired by William M. B. Berger and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2018. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018

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