A Good Oil on Canvas Study of a Horse’s Head, Dated 1912

Origin: English School
Period: Early Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1912
Canvas Height: 17.5 inches
Canvas Width: 14.5 inches

The early twentieth century study of a horse’s head painted in oils on canvas, signed with initials E. M. and dated to 1912 lower right showing a chestnut stallion in profile in stirrups on a graphite powder blue ground and remaining unframed.

The condition of the painting is unrestored, uncleaned and unframed and is in as found untouched order which we always favour. There are scratches and small areas of loss. There is one particular vertical line of damage running down the canvas. The painting remains decorative as is and perfectly displayable but could be extensively cleaned, restored and reframed is so desired. Verso we can a Winsor and Newton Stamp to the canvas – ‘Winsor & Newton’s Best Artists Canvas, Rathbone Place, London. W” with a further smaller stamp ‘H-S’.

1912 of course saw the disastrous sinking of the Titanic, but in the art world it promised rich pickings with the first exhibition of Rene Lalique’s work and other works such as as Pablo Picassos 'Still Life with Chair Caning', Matisse's 'The Conversation' and Piet Mondrian's 'Gray Tree' all painted in 1912. The year also saw the birth of artist Jackson Pollock and the death of sculptor Otto Lessing.

A century on, the paintings bold style means this handsome chap hasn’t dated a day meaning he can happily sit in either a contemporary or traditional setting.