Louvre Museum © RMN-Grand Palais / Gérard Blot

The 1821 Derby at Epsom, painting by Théodore Géricault

This painting by Gericault commemorates the popularity of horse racing for artists. The dizzying speed, the dramatic tension of the challenge pitting competitors and the sky about to burst make this painting a unique and singular work of art. The use of the flying gallop to represent the horse’s gait reminds of the expression "galloping ventre à terre", or "going an even gallop”.