Horse: From Cave Paintings to Modern Art (Hardback)Jean-Louis Gouraud (author), Michel Woronoff (author), Henri-Paul Francfort (author)
Hardback 400 Pages
From the caves at Lascaux to the European race tracks of Degas to the American West of Frederic Remington, the horse has never ceased to inspire the human imagination. Once omnipresent--on the battlefield, in agricultural work, and in transport--horses have little by little disappeared from our immediate environment, but they remain fixtures throughout our museums, atop pedestals in our town squares, and in the landscapes of memory. Transcending genres, places, and eras, specialists on the history of the horse and its representation in art create an ideal panorama on the subject, guiding us through the rich legacy of The Horse: From Cave Paintings to Modern Art. With these scholars we cross the principal continents from east to west and from prehistory to the present day, examining an ever-surprising gallery of images that illustrate how dearly horses have been prized by all human societies fortunate enough to encounter them. The artistic styles represented in this book offer something for every taste. There are cave paintings and sculptures, medieval illuminated manuscripts and photographs, depictions of battle, and scenes of leisure. Uccello, Rubens, Van Dyck, Velasquez, Gericault, Stubbs, David, and Picasso are among the 137 artists featured in this in-depth study. As the more than 300 images in The Horse diversely illustrate, the horse is as beautiful an animal as it has been useful--indeed, central--to the development of human society.
Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 3975 g
Dimensions: 343 x 305 mm
"The horse, the noble animal par excellence" is celebrated in this painstakingly curated volume. At almost two feet high and weighing over three pounds, this is a substantial but worthwhile commitment for the reader. The editors chronicle the horse's appearance in painting and sculpture, from prehistoric times to the late 20th century. While Picasso's stirring anti-war painting "Guernica" and Seurat's "At the Circus" are two of the more famous works included, it's the photographs of ancient cave art, found in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and other places, that is most evocative, giving readers a glimpse into art and history that they likely have never seen (indeed, some of the works are difficult to view even at these sites), and connecting them to people who lived thousands of years ago. Unfortunately the text, translated from the original French, is dry and irritatingly out of synch with the art on the page, but it's the beautiful photographs that matter in a volume like this and they are remarkable. Art fans will gain a new subject for their appreciation, and equestrians will be glad to see their muse so celebrated." --Publishers Weekly
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