Karl Briullov was a Russian painter of the late 18th and early 19th century. His work was instrumental in the Russian art transition from neoclassicism to romanticism. Although horses are a purely incidental subject in his work, the art speaks for itself.
The inclusion of animals in his work generally comes from his subjects – horses have long been used in portraits of royalty and wealthy patrons. Briullov simply applied his detailed artistic style to mounts when it was required of him.
A talented portrait artist, Briullov proves himself a great artist all around when you take a good look at his horses.