At the Stables, Horse and Dog (c.1861) by Edgar Degas

At the Stables, Horse and Dog - Edgar Degas - c.1861

Artwork Information

TitleAt the Stables, Horse and Dog
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About At the Stables, Horse and Dog

“At the Stables, Horse and Dog” is a notable work by Edgar Degas, created around 1861. This oil on canvas reflects the artist’s skill in the animal painting genre, a piece that exemplifies the Impressionist movement of which Degas was a central figure. Currently, the artwork is housed within a private collection, securely nestled away from public exhibition.

The artwork displays an intimate scene within a stable, where a horse stands to the left, attached to a hitching post by a halter. The horse’s coat is rendered in rich, warm tones that give a sense of its texture and the living warmth of the animal. To the right, a vertical post is adorned with what appears to be a draped red and white striped fabric, creating a contrast with the otherwise muted color palette. The stable’s ambience is evoked by the dark, shadowy background which allows the viewer to focus primarily on the figures of the animals.

In the foreground, a dog is seated attentively, almost as if it is guarding or keeping the horse company. The dog’s fur is painted with quick, impressionistic strokes, indicative of the movement’s style which emphasizes light and brushwork over detail. The ground is strewn with straw, and the play of light and dark gives depth to the scene, suggesting the interior space of the stable without overt detailing. The composition of the horse and dog creates a peaceful, domesticated atmosphere, and the absence of humans in the scene allows the viewer to contemplate the relationship between the two animals and their environment.

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