The mountain patrol signed 'A. Wierusz-Kowalski' (lower right) oil on canvas 61 x 101cm (24 x 39 3/4in).
PROVENANCE: with Williams & Son, London Private collection, UK
Alfred Wierusz-Kowalski was a Polish painter of the Munich School. He was one of the most popular of this group of technically accomplished painters along with Jozef Brandt. Wierusz-Kowalski moved to Munich in 1873 after his studies in Warsaw and Dresden. He studied for a year at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts and then worked in Jozef Brandt's studio. It was here that he fully absorbed the lessons in style and subject matter that made both Brandt's and his own paintings so successful. In 1890 he was made an honorary professor of the Munich Academy.
The current lot shows a typical scene for the artist, combining epic landscape, equine subjects and mounted soldiers. The strong chiaroscuro that defined so many of the Munich School painters is also seen to great effect.