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Antique old oil painting on canvas , after or circle of Alfred De Dreux ( 1810-1860 ), French artist of the 19th century .

Title : Le départ de la course ” see additional info Artprice ”

This painting has been completely restored ( relined on a new canvas and cleaned of his old yellow varnish ) and is in a very good condition.


Biography of De Dreux :

Alfred de Dreux was born in 1840 into a privileged and colourful family.He was the first child and only son of the architect, Pierre-Anne Dedreux (1788-1834).His sister, Élise (1812-1846) was the mother of writer Louis Becq de Fouquières. After his father won the Prix de Rome for architecture in 1815, he lived at the Villa Médicis in Rome. While there, Théodore Géricault, a friend of the family, made portraits of him (pictured) and Élise.

In 1823, at the urging of his uncle, the painter Pierre-Joseph Dedreux-Dorcy, he began studying art with Géricault who was a family friend and a lover of horses. Later, he studied at the studio of Léon Cogniet. By this time, horses had become his favorite subject. His first exhibition at the Salon came in 1831 with the painting Interieur del Salon, which won him immediate fame. The following year, an equestrian portrait of the Duc d’Orléans became his entry to a position in the workshops of Eugène Isabey.

From 1840, he began the now famous series of portraits of horses from the stables of the Duc d’Orléans.The Scènes Equestres was completed in 1842 and the Petits Scènes Equestres in 1847. Dreux made a second portrait of the Duc together with his guards. King Louis-Philippe was so pleased with it that he invited Dreux to accompany him on an official trip to England. Following the revolution of 1848, the French royal family emigrated to England, where Dreux became a frequent visitor. He made many return trips there over the next few years, where the English passion for horses and fox-hunting earned him many commissions from the English aristocracy.

He returned to Paris in 1852 and opened a studio where he created more equestrian portraits, this time of Emperor Napoléon III and his family, but still made frequent trips to England. In 1857, he began sharing a studio with Paul Gavarni, who he met while there. He died from an abscess in his liver that had developed during a stay in England, as evidenced by letters to his family, although a rumor was later circulated that he died in a duel with Count Fleury (fr), Napoleon’s aide-de-camp. This rumor is sometimes attributed to Charles Blanc. In 1951, it was repeated in a memoir by Dreux’s grandnephew, the writer André de Fouquières (fr).

The logo of Hermès International is based on a drawing by Dreux.

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Oil on canvas


after or circle of Alfred De Dreux ( 1810-1860 )
Fashionable horse painter for over thirty years, Alfred de Dreux is renowned for the romantic, glamorous portrayal of his subjects
and his spirited rendering of the horse, which reflect his continental training and background.


canvas : 73 cm x 92 cm

Frame : sold without the frame


circa 1880


Between $ 8.000 – $ 10.000
( see additional pictures , source value indication : Artprice database )


This painting has been completely restored ( relined on a new canvas and cleaned of his old yellow varnish ) and is in a very good condition.


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