Miss Cazenove on a Gray Hunter | Jacques-Laurent Agasse | Beginning of 19th Century

Miss Cazenove on a Gray Hunter | Jacques-Laurent Agasse | Beginning of 19th Century

Miss Cazenove on a Gray Hunter | Jacques-Laurent Agasse | Beginning of 19th Century

Before his 20th birthday, Jacques-Laurent Agasse moved from Switzerland to France, with the idea of studying animal anatomy at a school of veterinary in Paris. He returned to his country and, around the year 1800, a wealthy Englishman asked him to paint a portrait of his dog, which had died recently. Agasse honored the commission and the Englishman, surprised by the quality of his work, takes him to London, where the artist will continue painting animal portraits. More specifically, equestrian portraits.

Miss Cazenove on a Grey Hunter shows us Miss Cazenove going to hunt. Without any doubt, the woman belongs to the British upper class, which enjoyed sport hunting. The “gray hunter” refers to the horse she is riding sideways gracefully. Below right, a hunting dog, also typical of this type of activity, runs along with them.

Looking at the painting, it is not hard to realize that, for Agasse, the main character is the horse, no matter the title of the canvas. While we see him galloping in a dignified posture, the woman loses prominence and seems to appear incidentally in the painting.

Note for Woman’s day: perhaps these are not the best painting or post for celebrating your day, but please know that it was purely coincidental! 😉

~ by Álvaro Mazzino on March 8, 2013.

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