Witold Wejchert (1867-1904) took classes at the Cracow School of Fine Arts, the Krakow Academy, the Warsaw School of Fine Arts, and the Munich Academy. Due to financial difficulties, he had to interrupt his studies. The most common theme in his works are genre scenes depicting the life of small towns, hunting frames, and landscapes. He often exhibited in Warsaw salons, in the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts, and in the Krywult Salon.
The description of the painting:
The traces of the wheels of the wagons are clearly visible on the melting snow. The figures appearing are dressed in thick, winter coats and fur coats. The branches of leafless trees painted on the horizon allow us to determine the season of the year as the pre–spring. Captured women and men came in large numbers to the horse market. Among the participants of such events, members of the market commission were usually found – a veterinarian who examined the health and certificates of animals, manor heirs from nearby estates, and the host of the area, who officially opened and closed the market, or presented the horses.
On the foreground a pair of dark–brown horses and a man with a stick standing to the viewer are depicted. The man strokes the mane of the horse next to him. To the right, the artist captured a pair discussing something. Among the crowd of visitors, you can see women strolling with baskets, going shopping, or returning from them. Peace is disturbed by the two wagons approaching from the right side of the picture field and the rider on the horse.