George Hendrik Breitner (1857 - 1923), 1880
oil on canvas,
57.5 cm x 36.5 cm
The Mesdag Collection, The Hague
As a young artist Breitner was fascinated by the military exercises held in the dunes outside The Hague. He sketched the mounted artillery in action, and also made more static studies of horsemen and their steeds, like this work. The artist clearly had a gift for painting horses. Mesdag asked him to portray the animals in his Panorama, a year later, in 1881.