In this unit plan, students explore animal biology through art. They explore the basic needs of organisms and the characteristics and structure of life. Students will also investigate the relatio
Carle Vernet (French, 1758-1836)
pen and brown ink, brown wash, with gray wash, over black chalk or crayon, heightened with white gouache and white chalk, Sheet: 15.8 x 24.2 cm (6 3/16 x 9 1/2 in.); With mount: 22.3 x 30.7 cm (8 3/4 x 12 1/16 in.). Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.398
While his father, Joseph, was known for marine paintings, and his son, Horace, became a celebrated Romantic artist, Carle Vernet excelled in representing battles and animals, especially horses. Vernet was an expert rider himself, and in his pictures he precisely described various breeds and horse dressings.
Although the artist never traveled further from France than Italy, his drawing of an Arabian horse contains elements that make it seem as if he observed the animal in its native environment. He documented the unique saddle and included exotic architecture in the background and palm trees at the right. Vernet was able to study exotic breeds and costumes in Paris, both in the military corps and at the horse races.
Recent Acquisitions: 19th Century European Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors, and Sculpture, Shepherd Gallery, New York (1973), no cat.; Art for Collectors, Cleveland Museum of Art (1974), no. 272, no cat.The Cleveland Museum of Art (8/26/01 - 10/28/01 ): NY, NY: The Dahesh Museum ( 2/19/02 - 5/28/02 ); "French Master Drawings from the Collection of Muriel Butkin", exh. cat. no. 28, pp. 66-67; repr. p. 67.
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