The English animal painter George Stubbs (1724-1806) is the most prominent representative of so-called 'sporting art' that reached its peak in the 18th century as a result of the growing enthusiasm for horse breeding, racing and hunting, as an occupation for the prosperous upper classes. His work largely comprises portraits of thoroughbreds and their jockeys, of dogs and hunting scenes. With his subtly balanced and sometimes bold compositions Stubbs developed a classical style using subjects derived entirely from contemporary life.
In the Anglo-Saxon world, George Stubbs has long been regarded as one of the greatest artists of his time and, alongside William Hogarth and Thomas Gainsborough, as the most important artist of the 18th century. The Neue Pinakothek, which has a first-rate collection of English painting from the 18th and 19th centuries and boasts the only painting by George Stubbs in Germany, is staging the first exhibition on this artist to be held on the Continent. A selection of thirty paintings, mostly from collections in England, will be complemented by drawings and prints that underline the artist's far-reaching influence in the field of animal painting in France and Germany.