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Ludwig Hartmann - The Horse Market

Ludwig Hartmann (1835-1902), German
The Horse Market, undated
OIL ON PANEL, 12 x 21½ inches
Gift of Horace Fairbanks

Nostalgia for simpler times was a characteristic of both European and American culture during the later nineteenth century. Ludwig Hartmann's Horse Market depicts a traditional German village and the informal exchanges by which farm animals had been bought and sold for centuries. The ages of the older men conversing in the fore­ground reflect the long history of their practice as do the town's ancient walls and medieval buildings. Hartmann excelled as a landscape and animal painter, and this composition combines his mastery of both subjects.