| "As with many of my pictures,
the idea for this painting had been in my mind for a long time. Seeing
Andalusian horses in Spain years ago, I was naturally attracted to their
great beauty, presence and power. These are the horses depicted by so
many old masters in portraits of royalty; they were highly sought after
for reasons of their own nobility. Naturally, I wanted to paint some too
and when I saw the grey stallion Ilustre at Windsor Horse Show I felt
that he would be a superb model. I resisted the temptation to paint him
moving, full of fire and energy. Instead I chose to paint him as the essence
of the Spanish Purebred horse. Although still, he nevertheless exudes
all the qualities inherent in his breed: his fine carriage expressing
his aristocratic nature.
I decided that he should be seen in an appropriate landscape setting and he is standing in a meadow full of flowers and grasses which coincidentally are to be found in equal profusion in Spain and England. It is late evening on a very hot summer's day and the warm glow spreads across the picture illuminating the horse from behind.".
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