Watrigant, Hubert de

  • “Wellington Polo” Gouache on program, 12 x 9.75 inches, Signed
  • “Hound Sketch” Oil on cardboard, Signed
  • “Polo Sepia” Ink on paper, 12.5 x 9.5 inches, Signed
  • “Le Desanglage” Oil on cardboard, Signed
  • “Waiting” Guoache on paper, Signed
  • “Jaune” Mixed media on collage, Signed
  • “Polo Ponies on the Beach” Oil on card, 9.5 x 13 inches, Signed
  • “Le Peloton” Gouache on collage, Signed
  • “En Blanc et Blue” Oil on canvas, Signed
  • “At the Start” Mixed media on cardboard, Signed
  • “High Chaparral” Oil on canvas, Signed
  • “Silver Frost” Mixed media on canvas, Signed
  • “Walking Ring” Mixed media on canvas, Signed
  • “The Master” Ink & Gouache, Signed
  • “Sea the Stars” Ink & Gouache, Signed
  • “Toque Blanche” Mixed media on canvas, Signed

French, (b. 1954)

Hubert de Watrigant was born in 1954 and brought up in South West France where his father bred and trained racehorses. He inherited natural artistic talent from his maternal great grandmother, a landscape artist in the nineteenth century, and his paternal great uncle.

The de Watrigant family had an inbred passion for horses and it was natural, therefore, that his artistic career should begin by sketching horses in his father’s stables. At school he drew ceaselessly in the margins of his sketchbooks. On leaving school he joined the Army to serve his year of National Service. He then moved to Paris and began to earn a living through various different jobs, although he continued to draw and paint in his spare time, enabling him to exhibit in various small shows.

In 1976 de Watrigant decided to become a full-time professional artist, holding his first one-man exhibition at Maisons-Lafitte. In 1977 he entered Les Sept Collines de Rome exhibition. He won first prize. De Watrigant uses a wide range of materials including charcoal, pastels, watercolour and oils and works on many different surfaces. His draughtsmanship is outstanding and he has a remarkable ability to capture both the ambience of his subjects and the drama of a fleeting moment.

Influences on de Watrigant’s work include Delacroix, Géricault, and principally, René Princeteau, the first teacher of Toulouse-Lautrec, who de Watrigant admires for his fine draughtsmanship. His career was helped at the start by his family contacts in the racing world, but the quality of his work was such that he soon became recognized as one of France’s leading equestrian artists. As testament to his talent his work now features in numerous private and public collections in England, Japan and the Emirates. Private collectors include Her Majesty The Queen, as well as many of the leading connoisseurs of equestrian art, including Baron Guy de Rothschild, the late Stavros Niarchos and the late Daniel Wildenstein. In America he has been commissioned by a number of stud farms including Spendthrift Farm, Gainesway and Calumet.

Collections

HM The Queen
HM The King of Morocco
Calumet Stud, USA
Gainesway Stud, USA
Spendthrift Farm, USA
Cash Asmussen
Ms. Bryan Baldwin
Mrs. Gary Black
Mr.  and Mrs. Dominick Burke
Alan Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Neil Drysdale
Andre Fabre
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Flannery
Jean René Fourtou
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Ham III
Mrs. E. Phillips Hathaway
Christiane Head
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kavanagh
Igor Landau
Chad Leat
Mr. and Mrs. John Magnier
Mr. and Mrs. Blair Meyer
Lord Moynihan
David Naylor-Leyland
The Niarchos Family
Mrs. Sandra D. O’Donnell
Count and Countress d’Ornano
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pozzo
Baron Guy de Rothschild
Baron and Baroness von Ullman
Franca Vittadini
George Ward
The Wildenstein Family
Mrs. Richard Williams
Mrs. Paul M. Withers
Mr. and Mrs. Teruya Yoshida