A Horse frightened by Lightning

This painting is probably an early work, and one of a number of paintings of horses made by the artist at the time. Many of these were studies for the painting exhibited by Géricault at the Salon of 1812, the 'Cavalry Officer' (Paris, Louvre), which shows the influence of Rubens and Gros. While some of the studies are subdued in character, the distant storm and its effect on the horse add a note of drama into this painting.

Key facts

Artist dates
1791 - 1824
Full title
A Horse frightened by Lightning
Date made
about 1813-14
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
48.9 x 60.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1938
Inventory number
Location in Gallery