In large horse establishments, there may be several grooms under the management of the Stable Master. The 'head' groom usually has complete responsibility for the horses-- including the training, the feeding, and the veterinary care of the horses. This is a painting about a stable groomsman from the 19th Century. The feel of the piece and the colors and composition are simple but work. It just catches my eye. I love the folkiness of the black horse, and I'm not certain if the painting is more about the horse than the groomsman. I know that for me, it was all about the horse--front and center!
Here's a closeup of the above picture: this shows color and texture.
Thanks for Looking! Let me know if you are interested in this print. The original has sold, but the print is a fine reproduction and would look nice in a number of different rooms in any home.