A painting by esteemed equine artist Adolf Schreyer is among the works being offered at Christie’s in New York in its 19th Century European Art sale on October 28.
Schreyer’s work Arab Warriors on the Lookout is expected to fetch between $US70,000 to $100,000 according to pre-auction estimates.
The German artist painted the oil on canvas work in 1863. It is 44.5 x 68.5 inches in size.
Schreyer was born in 1828 in Frankfurt and was associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. He painted many of his favourite subjects in his travels in the East.
Schreyer was especially well known for his paintings of horses, peasant life in Wallachia and Moldavia, and of battle incidents.
His preferred subject matter was the Arab rider and his horse. While in Algeria, Schreyer immersed himself in the local culture, learning several Arab dialects and riding with Bedouin horsemen.
His work is remarkable for its excellent equine draughtsmanship, and found particular favour among French and American collectors. The Metropolitan Museum in New Yor, owns three of Schreyer’s oriental paintings: Abandoned, Arabs on the March and Arabs making a detour; and many of his best pictures are in the collections of the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Astor, Belmont, and Walters families.
Numerous works by the artist have been sold at auction, including The Chase, which sold at Christie’s in 2005 for $US464,000.
Schreyer died in 1899.