Cecily Brown's “The Hound with the Horses' Hooves” on view in the Library Court

Visitors to the Yale Center for British Art will encounter a magnificent painting by Cecily Brown (b. 1969), recently acquired by the museum through the generosity of an anonymous gift. Inspired by the historic collections of Blenheim Palace, a three-hundred-year-old country estate in Oxfordshire, England, The Hound with the Horses’ Hooves (2019) offers a timely reinterpretation of the historical genres of landscape, sporting art, and animal painting that are well represented in the museum's collection.

This vivid reimagining of a traditional woodland hunt is characteristic of Brown’s gestural brushwork and expressive use of color. The subject of the hunt is fractured and at the brink of dissolution, the shapes of a hound and a horse racing loosely suggested in a blurring of figurative forms and abstract marks. Installed in the museum’s soaring, skylit Library Court, Brown’s painting serves as a thought-provoking foil to the surrounding eighteenth-century hunting scenes.

Brown is a leading contemporary painter whose work combines abstraction and figuration, transcending classical notions of genre and narrative by drawing on a wide range of art historical references. The Hound with the Horses’ Hooves was on view at Blenheim Palace from September 2020 through February 2021, as part of a major exhibition of new paintings that Brown had created in response to the estate and its collections.

Cecily Brown in Conversation

In May 2021, Brown spoke about her practice, including the new paintings she produced for the exhibition at Blenheim Palace, as part of the YCBA's Artists in Conversation series.

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