A kingdom for a horse!

Art historians appreciate Holesch landscapes, as well as his Paris, New York, and Chinese street scenes. His talent for character studies, such as his Chinese Monk and Chinese Princess, as well as his self-portrait, are also essential aspects of his art. And as we saw in the Biography section, later Holesch became “the painter of the stars”, and sold paintings to numerous Hollywood film stars or their families, such as David Niven and Burt Lancaster. Whilst still in America he became a member of the prestigious Portrait Painters Association in New York, with a portrait of his daughter, Laura de Holesch, in 1951.

Nevertheless, Holesch’s forte was clearly the HORSE – as painted from memory. He was able to capture the personality of an animal of universal appeal and significance. Instead of the naturalistic exactness habitual in the genre, Holesch horse paintings take horse and art lovers alike to a whole new dimension. With his sensitive impressionistic style he recreates the spirit of the horse, and how it expresses itself in chasing, frolicking, and courting; in the way horses live, and in their nobility and freedom. This unique perception of horses was born during Holesch’s childhood in his native Hungary, but has universal implications. And the world would open to the artist whose free ranging cosmopolitanism radiates from his horse paintings.