Karl Briullov was one of the most sought-after artists in his time and place, and the Paris Salon awarded him a gold medal for his historical themes. Genre and portrait painting were among his strongest features. Pushkin and Gogol likened his paintings to Rubens and Van Dyck, and he was hired to portray various celebrities, such as the opera composer Giovanni Pacini, who had his two daughters painted by him - their portrait hangs in the Tretyakov Gallery now. Looking at the master details of the portrait of the Horserider with a Dog, there is no doubt of considerable painting experience, the rider's face is very charming and porcelain soft, the accessories are detailed and the horse is painted in dynamic motion with very noble fine features.
Published by: Gribanov, T .: Exhibition Russian School, oil paintings XVIII, XiX and XX century, Tatyana gallery, 1988. Str. 19.