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
  • “Jockeys”
  • “Gentleman at Ascot” Mixed media on canvas, 32 x 25.5 inches, 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

Al Shaqab Racing
HM The Queen
HM The King of Morocco
HH Sheikh Mohammed al-Thani
Calumet Stud, USA
Gainesway Stud, USA
Spendthrift Stud, USA
Cash Asmussen
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Barbe
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Barsi
Mr. and Mrs. C.H. de Chaudenay
Mr. Alan Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Cotton
Mr. and Mrs. Francois Doumen
Mr. and Mrs. Neil Drysdale
The late Mr. Jogn Dunlop
Mr. and Mrs. Andre Fabre
Jean René Fourtou
Mr. and Mrs. Alec Head
Criquette Head-Maarek
Mr. and Mrs. Simon Hope
Vicomte and Vicomtesse Jean d’Indy
Mr. Igor Landau
Mr. and Mrs. Amaury de Lanquesaing
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher P. Lemaire
Mr. and Mrs. John Magnier
Lord and Lady Moynihan
Mr. Julian Muscat
The Niarchos Family
Count and Countess d’Ornano
The late Sir Peter O’Sullevan
Mr. and Mrs. John Oxx
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Pease
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Peslier
Mr. Bertrand Puech
Mr. and Mrs. Renaud de Hautecloque
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Saunders
Mr. and Mrs. George Strawbridge
Mr. Christopher Tsui
Mrs. Ling Tsui
Baron and Baroness von Ullman
Franca Vittadini
Marquis et Marquise Alain du Vivier
The Wildenstein Family
Mr. and Mrs. Teruya Yoshida

Exhibitions

1976
Maisons-Laffitte
1977
Deauville
1978
Cannes
1979
Paris – Galerie La Cymaise
1981
Bruxelles – Galerie l’Art Animalier
1983
Paris – Galerie La Cymaise
1985
Miami – Chisholm Gallery
1986
Paris – Galerie La Cymaise
1990
Dax
1991
Jerez de la Frontera
1992
Library Gallery, Lexington
Nîmes
1993
Hong Kong
Deauville
1994
Bordeaux
Madrid
1995
Nîmes – Carré d’Art
Paris – Galerie La Cymaise
1996
London – Osborne Studio Gallery
Maisons-Laffitte – 20 ans Retrospective
1997
London – Osborne Studio Gallery
1998
Tokyo – Gallery & Company
1999
London – Osborne Studio Gallery
2000
Paris – Espace Sisley
Tokyo – Gallery & Company
2002
Paris – Gallerie La Cymaise
London – Osborne Studio Gallery
2003
Palm Beach – The Artist Group Ltd.
2004
Dax – Le Musée de Borda
Palm Beach – The Artist Group Ltd.
London – Osborne Studio Gallery
2005
Paris
2006
New York – Herald Blanc Gallery
2007
Saratoga – The Beresford Gallery
London – Osborne Studio Gallery
2008
Paris – Galerie du Pont Neuf
Baltimore – Ladew Gardens
2011
London – Osborne Studio Gallery
2012
Paris – Galerie du Pont Neuf
2014
Shanghai – Galerie Dumonteil
2015
London – Osborne Studio Gallery
Luxembourg – Cercle Munster
2017
Paris – Galerie E. de Causans
2018
London – Osborne Studio Gallery