Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Art Animalia - The Horse

Bathing of a Red Horse
Kuzma Petrov Vodkin

Boy Leading Horse
Horse in a Field

Franz Marc
Yellow Horses

Edgar Degas


  1. My favourite is the Seurat. Lovely.

  2. Oh my! Great photos again! Picaso and all makes me feel like I'm back in Paris or somewhere else in Europe!

    Check out my blog, there is something there for you!! Hope you are having a great day!

  3. Oooh, I've loved that "Bathing of the Red Horse" painting since purchasing a book on "Art of the Russian Revolution" about 25 years ago. Thanks for posting it, Comrade! ;-)

    [Google a painting called "A New World" for one I like even better]

  4. They really are splendid, all of them! I too share jcf's passion for the red horse painting. Imagine actually seeing it. aaaaaaah. Blissful beauty.

    Bear: Seurats are amazing; even more so up-close and personal.

    Kelly: I lived outside of Paris as a child but it was actually not at all a glamorous situation. Not horrible but certainly full of sadness and insecurity for the whole family. I hope one day to return and fully understand where I am and enjoy it

  5. Magnificent All.

    You're a font of this stuff, and that's amazing!

  6. CR: I'm an image collector. I'm happy you enjoy my meager offerings at The Pagan Sphinx.

  7. Lovely! I needed some beauty this morning.

  8. I saw the Picasso just a few months ago at MoMA. Spectacular.

  9. Pagan - thanks so much for these. All are new to me. The Seurat was particularly a surprise (I thought I had seen reproductions or photos, at least, of his entire output, since it was fairly small). Did you notice that he is playing with echoes in the odd shape of sky above the horse head? There is another horse there. I have to believe that was deliberate.

    Degas' horse and jockey paintings amaze me. He apparently observed them at races, then went home and drew them from memory. He and Toulouse-Lautrec were both like that. The latter once viewed a coach and four approaching in the street, then sat down and drew it from memory. The other thing that gets me about many of Degas' works is that they are often as much about the space between or around the figures as they are about the figures. He understood and played with negative space in an abstract fashion well ahead of his time. I think this painting, for instance, is partly about the tension created by the large empty triangle in the lower right. It creates a no-man's land, like the space just across a starting line... I think it adds to the competitive feeling between the horses and their riders. The fact that none of the riders are looking at each other also adds to that feeling. And I adore his use of color - blue, in particular, in this one. Oh my.

  10. Kelly, thank you for the award. I have something I worked on for a long time. Having gone back to it I'm not sure I want to publish it. groan.

    I'm a bit scarce on anything besides images lately.

    Will try again soon.


  11. Yes. That blue wakes up the eye. Gorgeous. And Steve, I didn't know that Degas sketched scenes from memory like that. What an amazing mind that takes.

    Thank you for your comments. I look forward to them, as you know. :-)


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