01 Painting by Orientalist Art, Eugène Péchaubès’ Fantasia, with footnotes, #83

Eugène Péchaubès (1890 – 1967)

Oil on board
22 X 27 CM (8 11/16 X 10 5/8 IN.)
Private collection

Fantasia is a traditional exhibition of horsemanship in the Maghreb performed during cultural festivals and to close Maghrebi wedding celebrations. “Fantasia” is an imported name, the actual traditional term used is lab el baroud.

The performance consists of a group of horse riders, all wearing traditional clothes, who charge along a straight path at the same speed so as to form a line, and then at the end of the charge (about two hundred meters) fire into the sky using old muskets or muzzle-loading rifles The difficulty of the performance is in synchronizing the movement of the horses during acceleration of the charge, and especially in firing the guns simultaneously so that one single shot is heard. The horse is referred to as a fantasia horse and are of Arabian, Andalusian or Barb stock. More on Fantasia 

Eugene Pechaubes was born on 24th June 1890 and died on 2 February 1967. A French painter of military, sporting scenes. He painted many scenes from the 2nd World War and horse racing pictures and portraits of winning horses.

His paintings have appeared in exhibitions and auction sales all around Europe and the United States of America. More on Eugene Pechaubes

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