- Georges Rouault
- Petite Ecuyère
- signed G. Rouault (centre left)
- oil on card laid down on canvas
Private Collection, Paris (acquired from the above in March 1942)
Thence by descent to the present owner
Paris, Musée national d'art moderne, Depuis Bonnard, 1957, no. 159
Paris, Galerie André Weil, Le Cheval dans l'art, 1959
Gualtieri di San Lazzaro (ed.), 'Hommage à Georges Rouault' in XXe siècle, Paris, 1971, illustrated p. 69
Edward Alden Jewell states the following about the early years of Rouault's artistic production, 'Though not 'officially' a Fauve, Rouault's style was in those days an art of violent expressionism. And like theirs it represented a revolt against the stuffy academic standards of the day. But Rouault also walked apart. For one thing, he differed from the Fauves in that his art of that period was not decorative. Instead, it was passionately dedicated, as the art of the Fauves in the main was not, to pregnant social issues' (Edward Alden Jewell, Rouault, London, 1947, p. 8).
As so often in his work, Rouault frames the present picture with his own painted border within the composition. He employs his typically rich palette and cloisonniste style, outlining the figure and horse in black, like a stained glass window, thereby imparting a spiritual quality to the work.