Majestic and elegant, horses have been a popular muse for artists throughout history. Legendary war horses have been painted along with their riders when Military and War were trending subjects in the art world. In Modern and Contemporary Art though their representation has reduced considerably except perhaps to show horse racing as a sport. Once they became outdated as modes of transportation, their importance also slowly died out.
Here’s a look at horses made at different times and across different mediums.
1. George Stubbs, Mares and Foals without a Background, 1762
2. Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps, 1801
3. Maqbool Fida Husain, Untitled (Horse), 1987
4. Leonardo Da Vinci, Rearing Horse, 1483-1498, red chalk, 7 1/8 x 5 5/8″. Windsor Castle, the Royal Library.
5. Pablo Picasso, Gutted Horse, 1917, Museu Picasso, Barcelona, Spain.
6. Jaipur artist (Rajasthani Miniature Painting), During the night an ailing young prince returns to the palace where his father the raja cares for him (Detail), 1860 – 1880
7. Pithora Horses in Gond Art from the Bhil tribe in Madhya Pradesh, India.
8. Metal Horses in Bastar Art, Tribal Art of Madhya Pradesh, India
9. Horses in Warli Painting tradition of India.
10. Nic Fiddian-Green, Marwari Horse Head sculpture, 2009, bronze, 27 feet tall, weighing 6 tonnes. London, UK.
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