THE ART OF THE HORSE

The gallery is comprised of representations of the horse primarily on canvas with one photograph.

Paulus Potter's the "Piebald" Horse conveys the strength, power and personality of the horse. This horse appears to be listening and aware of something off in the distance. His head his up, his ears are back and his body is tightly drawn. There's a great deal of detail here from the red snip on the nose, the dapples of his coat and the muscle lines of his legs. He's the focal point of the work and towers over the surrounding landscape.
Van Dyck's A Grey Horse is an oil painting that was done on paper mounted on a wood panel. This technique creates texture to the work and adds dimension. The horse appears to almost be moving off the canvas. The effect is an eye-catching, elegant portrayal of the horse.
George Stubbs created an emotional piece with Horse Frightened by a Lion. The emphasis of the white horse against against a dark landscape with the lion a small, but ominous presence definitely evokes emotion. The work was inspired by a trip to Rome Stubbs made in 1754. This work was one of the first pieces of the time showing an animal in terror, which started a trend with other artists of the time.
Nampyo Kim is known for creating statements with the absurd that allow for a story to be told. In Horse #3 a waterfall emits from the back of a zebra. There's texture to the horse's coat as he regards the smooth zebra, building and water in front of him. The use of white space allow the horse to stand apart as a dominating presence.
This piece by Thomas Gooch is an elegant depiction of a horse and terrier. Dogs and horses often appear in paintings together. In this instance the two are balanced in their regard for each other. The terrier, although small, is a prominent partner to the large horse with his light color contrasted to the muted tones in the majority of the piece.
This photograph of a horse by an unknown photographer depicts both the strength and vulnerability of the horse. It's chestnut color is striking against the boulders and snowy landscape. He's both turned into the wind, but appears to be looking toward the photographer. This creates a feeling of participating by the viewer in what's depicted in print.
This oil on canvas by Edmund Bristow presents a majestic bay as the prominent figure in a landscape. The horse's power is felt not only because he's the center of the piece, but by his size in comparison to the green fields. His body reaches into the light blue sky which also reinforces his commanding presence.
Marc Franz creates a harmonious depiction of the horse in his piece, Blue Horse. He uses primary and secondary colors in the surrounding hills and plant life. These are in balance with the various shades of blue hues of the horse. In addition, the curved lines used in horse and landscape create a feeling of unity that's pleasant to view.
Martin Theodore Ward's Head of a Grey Arabian Horse is striking. The grey color of the arab both stands out and blends into the brown background creating contrast and a sense of movement in the piece. There's texture here in the prominent veins on the horses muzzle and neck that contrast with the soft flowing nature of the forelock and mane. It's the essence of a softness combined with power and fear that the artist has captured that make his piece memorable.
Landscape of Öland, Gypsies on a Horse is done in an impressionistic style. The artist, Nils Krueger, was inspired by Gauguin, which is definitely evident here. The terrain seems to be flying under the feet of the rider and horses. The color choices of black and browns for the rider and horses is in definite contrast to the muted and much lighter color choices of the road and surrounding landscape.
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