Arab Horsemen Captured by Frenchmen

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Arab Horsemen Captured by Frenchmen
Date of creation
c.1850 (?)
cardboard watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
44 x 61
Information about author
Artur Grottger
Artist's lifetime
Artur Grottger was born in 1837 in the village of Otynevychi in the Lviv region (former Ottyniowice, Eastern Galicia). He studied at the Lviv School of Painting of Jan Maszkowski, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and Vienna (1852–1858). He is a leading representative of Polish Romanticism. He is known as a painter, periodical illustrator, graphic artist, and watercolorist. He is the author of six patriotic art cycles regarding the January Uprising against the Russian occupation of Poland of 1863, portraits, and local history materials. Artur Grottger died after a serious illness in Amélie-les-Bains, France, in 1867. He was buried in the Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv (field No.95).
Object description
This is a multi-figure composition depicted against the background of an oriental-type architectural structure with a balcony to the viewer's right, and a white minaret with its top decorated with a crescent moon. Closer to the bottom left edge, one can see three Arab warriors shown near a spring of water. One of the warriors (in the middle) is holding a musket in his right hand. On their heads there are Arab turbans. Behind them there is the French cavalry with naked sabers riding brown horses and Arab riders in white robes. The horsemen of the French cavalry are decorated with white shoulder belts.
In the right lower corner of the work there is an author's inscription "Arthur Grottger".