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    Sale 7587

    19th Century European Art including Orientalist and Spanish Art

    2 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 189

    Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski (Polish, 1849-1915)

    Horse-drawn sleigh

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    Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski (Polish, 1849-1915)
    Horse-drawn sleigh
    signed and 'A. Wierusz-Kowalski' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    36½ x 51 in. (91.5 x 129.5 cm.)

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    Kowalski is recognized as the incomparable painter of untouched winter landscapes. In the present painting Kowalski depicts a group of hunters racing across the snow in their horsedrawn sleds. The dynamic of the scene is enhanced by the realistic spray of snow under the hooves of the horses and the sled. These landscapes have a nostalgic atmosphere which expresses a longing and admiration for the traditional Polish country life. The artist made a conscious effort to preserve that which he deemed at risk of being lost in a political breakup of his homeland between Russia, Prussia, and Austria. The present lot is a fine and typical example of Kowalski's efforts to translate the Polish cultural heritage to canvas.

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    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 21 April 1978, lot 258.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.