This is an oil on canvas by the important Hungarian-born and internationally recognized painter of horses, Denes de Holesch (1910-1983). Signed by the artist. Canvas measures 13" by 16" and frame measures 20" by 23" by 1.5". This is an American western rodeo scene depicting a cowboy on a bucking bronco with a official riding beside him. This work is being sold on behalf of the owner of a fine collection of 19th and 20th century Hungarian paintings, and is one of three Holesch paintings we have in inventory.
Denes de Holesh was a truly international artist whose favorite subject was horses. His works have been exhibited all over the world, including in New York, Beverly Hills, Boston, Chicago, Paris, Mexico City, Montreal, Tokyo, Sydney, and Madrid. His horse paintings fall into one of seven themes, including polo, circus, rodeo, hunt, bull-fight, race-course and running free. His mastery of the subject has been compared to that of Picasso, Delacroix and Franc Marc. In his book entitled Holesch (1910-1983) Horse Paintings (published in 1989 by Austrascope), the noted Australian writer and art historian, Andrew Mackenzie, stated "Although he painted countless horses, each canvas is a unique and individual study, apturing the personality of an animal of universal appeal, an heir to a tradition as old as mankind." In light of the recent passing of Prince Rainier, it is interesting to note that it has been reported that David Niven purchased a Holesch horse painting as a wedding gift for the Prince and Grace Kelly.