Mauzaisse started exhibiting at the Salon de Paris in 1808. Four years later, he obtained a golden medal for Arabe pleurant son coursier (Arab Lamenting his Steed) presented at the Salon of 1812 n°627 and now kept at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Angers. The subject was taken from a contemporary poet, Charles-Hubert Millevoye, which tells the story of a man's despair after the death of his horse. He avenged his horse by killing the murderer, who lies prostrate in the background on the right. A replica is kept at the Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama. Mauzaisse depicts the sentimental fusion between man and horse and the brutality of their separation through death. By painting a vast, arid and desolate desert in the background, he evokes the solitude of men and their vain wanderings.