‘In the Stable’
Oil on panel 6” x 8”
Just as Nineteenth Century genre painters loved to paint nostalgic depictions of the countryside, featuring ruddy cheeked peasant girls rather than society ladies, so Ludwig Hartmann depicted humble, workaday horses, at work or at rest rather than prize-winning racehorses, trusty hunters and grand coach horses mostly seen in nineteenth century painting.
The work In The Stable shows a rather unremarkable yet trusty pair of horses in a somewhat unsalubrious stable. There is no separate accommodation for these two, who have likely either just come in from a day’s labour or are about to embark upon one. The painting is unsentimentally earthy – this is real, gritty, unglamourised life.
Hartmann was born and died in Munich. He was a pupil of the Munich Academy and of the marine and landscape artist Johann Wagner-Dienes, from whom he surely learned the appreciation for the Old Masters seen in his paintings. Hartmann was a member of the prestigious Munich School of Painters, in its prime during his lifetime. He won medals in Vienna in 1869 and 1872.