Thursday Art-Day ALFRED DE DREUX revisted

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ALFRED DE DREUX (1810 – PARIS – 1860 – PARIS )


Arabian horse

I thought it was about time I shared a Thursday is Art-Day post. This Thursday I’m featuring one my favourite artists, the extraordinary

ALFRED DE DREUX (1810 – PARIS – 1860 – PARIS )

The Pashas Pride by Alfred de Dreux
                     The Pashas Pride 

When I lose myself in the art of Alfred De Dreux I immediately notice that the horses represent exactly what my mind’s eye adores about the Arabian horse. The horses I LOVE to write about, a marvellously classic example of a purebred Arabian horse. But how do you define classic?

For me personally it’s partly balance and the combination of a defined musculature and respiratory system. De Dreux displays the Arabian’s  sturdiness, deep girth, their ample hindquarters, their tail carriage, athleticism and sturdiness plus a pretty good dose of superior beauty.



In ‘The Mounts of Abd El Kader’ (below) De Dreux also shows the relationship and empathy for, and between the groom and the horses.

alfred-de-dreaux-The mounts of Abd El Kader

The mounts of Abd El Kader

De Dreux’s artwork brings to mind the words written by Homer Davenport –

“He is a very perfect animal; he is not large here and small there. There is a balance and harmony throughout his frame not seen in any other horse. He is the quintessence of all good qualities in a compact form.”

Alfred-de-dreaux -Etalon Arabe

Etalon Arabe

About ALFRED DE DREUX (1810 – PARIS – 1860 – PARIS )

A fashionable horse painter for over thirty yearsAlfred 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. De Dreux was born in France, the son of an architect. He first studied under Leon Cogniet and then entered the atelier of Eugene Isabey. Throughout his career, however,de Dreux’s work was greatly influenced by Theodore Gericault, who was a close friend of his uncle.

Nubian horseman at a Gallop

In 1831, de Dreux exhibited Interieur d’Ecurie at the Paris Salon which won him immediate fame. From 1840, de Dreux began his celebrated series of portraits of horses from the famous stables of the duc d’Orleans.

Alfred-de-Dreux skewbald stallion

Skewbald Stallion

Following the Revolution in 1848, the French royal family emigrated to England where de Dreux frequently visited them, painting many equestrian portraits of the exiled Emperor Napoleon III and his sons.


Stable companions with greyhound

He returned to France and was commissioned to paint a portrait of Napoleon III in 1859 (Musee de l’Armee, Paris).

The Hunter

A dispute arose over this equestrian portrait and in March 1860 de Dreux was killed in a duel by Comte Fleury, Napoleon’s principal aide-de-camp.



The work of Alfred de Dreux is represented in the Louvre, Paris, the Musee Camondo, Paris and museums in Bordeaux, Dijon and Chantilly.


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