barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault (1791-1824)

The Flemish Farrier

France, 1821

Lithograph

290 x 390 mm

 

A rural working horse dominates this cramped and hot interior. A farrier with rolled-up sleeves and disheveled clothing works on the horse’s hoof, highlighted by bright white steam. This print formed part of Géricault’s publication The English Series – Various Subjects Drawn From Life. By 1821, he had withdrawn from history painting in favour of observations of everyday life and ordinary people in which he saw a more genuine heroic quality.

Purchased 1993 (No.93.1)

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