The German battle painter Adam Albrecht was originally known for accompanying Napoleon’s campaign in Moscow. The events that took place in Russia made a painful impression on the artist; upon returning back to Munich in 1815 he decided to leave battle painting and switched to a more calm landscape with animals. Of particular popularity in the works of Albrecht were horses.
After the first successfully sold work, he began to receive offers from royal houses and court nobles to sketch his pets, mainly these were horses of the Arabian breed. One of these orders was the Horses at the Porch, which brought his artist great popularity in this direction.
Before the advent and the beginning of the active use of cars, horses were in great demand among all segments of the population, but it was precisely the noble people who treated them with special trepidation. For them, it was not just a way of moving, horses were given names, they were almost considered full members of the family, in addition, the acquisition of a thoroughbred horse gave a certain status and spoke about the wealthy position of the owner, so they sought to capture them in the paintings.
In this work, the artist immortalized two horses of pure Arab breed at the porch of a hunting lodge. In those days, race racing for hares and foxes was popular, and in the picture we see beside the horses three tired hunting dogs and a prey that is still untouched by cutting, waiting in the wings. Albrecht skillfully combines elements of a hunting still life and an ordinary landscape in this picture.