Karl Georg ARSENIUS (1855 – 1908)

A painting of horses by Karl Georg Arsenius, dated 1898. The style is impressionistic, the palette soft and colorful, and the technique lively and spontaneous.

Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 38 x 46 cm
With frame : 47,5 x 55,5 cm
Signed and dated 1898 lower right
Titled on the back “Horses in training

Karl Georg Arsenius , the specialist of horse scenes

Specialized in horse paintings, Karl Georg Arsenius represents a training scene of racehorses, certainly in the environment near Chantilly.

An impressionist technique, painted on the spot, a soft and colorful palette.

The painting is painted with spontaneity and dynamism. Light colors and a diffuse light bathe the scene.


Carl Georg Arsenius is a Swedish painter, active in France.
He began his studies at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm and then continued them in Paris in the workshop of Jean Paul Laurens. 3 years later, he left Sweden to live in Vineuil near Chantilly.

He became a renowned animal painter. He exhibited successfully and received many awards. After the success of his painting Retour de Longchamp and his Cheval d’omnibus, he quickly turned to paintings of horses.

He was frequented by the aristocracy, notably King Oscar II for whom he painted many equestrian portraits.


– E. Bénézit, Dictionary of Painters, Sculptors, Drawers, and Engravers, Jacques Busse, 1999 New Edition.

-Thieme-Becker Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zu Gengenwart, Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag 1992, Vol. 1/2, p. 157 ;

– Schurr, The Little Masters of Value Painting of Tomorrow


– Compiègne

– Stockholm, National Museum- Sunlight study at Chantilly.

– Gothenburg, Museum of Art.