Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    VICTOR PIERRE HUGUET (French, 1835-1902)
    Baignade de Chevaux (Algerian Caravan Bathing Horses against a Rocky Landscape)
    Oil on canvas
    26 x 33 inches (66.0 x 83.8 cm)
    Signed lower left: V. Huguet

    Durand-Ruel (label verso), Paris and New York, inv. no. 521 on original stretcher bar.

    French painter Victor Huguet was a noted Orientalist, highly regarded for his enviable ability to capture light and shadow in a highly sculptural landscape. Compared with other painters who recorded the landscapes and people of North Africa and the Middle East, Huguet had a deft, fluid touch which imparts a freshness to his surfaces and scenes. Technically, he frequently verges upon Impressionism. In the present work, his skills as a colorist are given full rein: with a rather cool, silvery palette, Huguet nonetheless achieves the effect of baking heat in an arid landscape, making the refreshment offered by the body of water to the horses and riders all the more welcoming. Huguet's Orientalist paintings frequently introduce the horse, which he had obviously loved to paint.

    Huguet received his artistic training in Marseille under the tutelage of Emile Loubon. At the age of 17 he visited Egypt, traveled to Crimea with Durand Brager in 1853 before the siege of Sebastopol, and also visited Algeria--a journey which found expression in numerous paintings.

    Condition Report*: Condition: minor inpaint, confined largely to perimeter where original canvas is laid on new canvas and a couple small spots in the sky; otherwise very good condition, wax relined canvas. Framed Dimensions 37 X 45 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 3,709

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $50,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $50,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold on May 15, 2012 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 40 days left to consign to the 2021 October 5 Photographs Signature Auction!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The high price received is a direct reflection of your hard work and integrity.
    Richard B.,
    Ogden, UT
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search