Arab Cavalry

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Arab Cavalry
Date of creation
c.1848 (?)
paper watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
47 x 64.5
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 the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and Vienna (1852–1858). He is a leading representative of Polish Romanticism. He is a painter, periodical illustrator, graphic artist, and watercolourist. 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 severe 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 that depicts thirteen Arab horsemen dressed in white clothing. The rider in the center of the composition, with his right hand raised up, seems to be indicating direction to the others. In the background, one can see the outlines of the fortress (on the right side) and a building with three arches in the style of Arabic architecture. In the lower left corner of the work, a dead brown horse and two male bodies are depicted; one of the bodies is dressed in a French military uniform with epaulettes.