The Interior of a Stable

Wouwerman is chiefly known for his landscapes with horses and figures. Yet he also frequently painted stable interiors such as this one. There are comparable examples in Cambridge (Fitzwilliam Museum), Dresden (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen) and Munich (Alte Pinakothek). Here, elegantly dressed riders are returning from an excursion and are being met by their horses' grooms in the stable. The viewer's eye is drawn to the white horse in the middle of the room. The inclusion of a white horse like this one is Wouwerman's trademark. It can be found in nearly all of his paintings.

Key facts

Artist dates
1619 - 1668
Full title
The Interior of a Stable
Date made
probably 1655-60
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
47 x 67 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
Location in Gallery