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Updated on March 3, 2013

A Museum of Horse Art

When I was a teen I went horse back riding and I got to experience being a passenger on a run-away horse. He decided half way out on the trail that he wanted to run all the way back to the stable. I must have had a guardian angel because he went off the trail and jumped over a gulley and then came back on the trail and we made it back to the stable. The stable owner was furious, since the horse was sudsing from running top speed. It's an experience that I'll never forget.

Mankind has always had a special relationship with his horse and this can expecially be seen in the art that he has produced, from the earliest cave paintings to the more recent creations. Artists seem attracted to the stature and muscularly graceful design of the horse and they approach the subject in very unique ways. I try to show some of these ways in this Museum of Horse Art lens and I sincerely hope that you enjoy going through it. Thanks for looking. :)

A Plumed Saddle Horse

"A Plumed Saddle Horse" is a drawing by Inigo Jones (1573 - 1652), a British artist. It was created in 1640. He created it using pen and brown ink on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper. The size is 5.63 inches high by 5 inches wide. It is housed at the Yale Center for British Art.

Rembrandt's Horse Picture

Every once in awhile renowned Dutch painter, Rembrandt, would include horses in his work. This is one of them, titled "The Concord of The State"


Date (1637 - 1645)

Medium oil on panel

Dimensions Height: 745 mm (29.33 in). Width: 1,010 mm (39.76 in).

Albrecht Durer's Small Horse

Albrecht Durer (Germany 1471-1528) The Small Horse 1505 Print/Engraving

16.4 x 10.7cm

Dürer drew this particular horse using his system of ideal proportions. This system preoccupied him in the years immediately before 1505. You can see his respect for antiquities in this work. The animal is shown in direct profile against a receding barrel vault permitting accurate measurement and comparison of the parts to the whole. A knight is seen walking beside the horse, wearing a highly detailed butterfly-winged helmet and winged boots. Some observers have speculated that he might represent Perseus or Mercury. The overall use of line, space and mathematical composition evoke a visually satisfying experience for the viewer.

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A simpler approach to a very complex artist.


Salvadore Dali's Equestrian Fantasy

The master of surrealism does it again with this oil painting, titled "The Temptation of St. Anthony"

Artist: Salvador Dali

Completion Date: 1946

Style: Surrealism

Genre: landscape

Technique: oil

Material: canvas

Dimensions: 89.7 x 119.5 cm

Gallery: Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Leonardo's Horse Study

In 1482, the Duke of Milan received a proposal from artist Leonardo da Vinci for a very ambitious art project. It was the casting of a gigantic bronze horse that would measure 24 feet in height, and would stand guard over the Duke's castle. Unfortunately due to an imminent war the bronze that was to be used to cast the horse was used instead for making cannons and other weapons. A full sized clay version had been created to do the casting, and was later destroyed by vandals. The above drawing was a study for this massive project.

Horse Collage by Patrick Bremer

"Horse Collage" by Patrick Bremer. The artist was born in Brighton in 1982. He studied art at Wimbledon College of Art in London. His work predominantly focuses on the figure and portraiture, in oils, collage and drawing. In 2007 he won the DeLazlo Foundation Award for his portraits at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition at The Mall Galleries in London.

Patrick lives and works in Brighton, UK. Click on the image to explore his website.

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Horse Head Drawing

Last week my oldest daughter posted a very dramatic photo of a group of horses on FaceBook. I was moved to make a drawing of the horse in the lead position, and this is what I came up with. It measures 8 x 10 inches, pencil on heavy bristol board.

Ancient Etruscan Horse Sculpture

Ancient Etruscan sculptures, end of the 4th century to the beginning of the 3th century BC.

Pietro Romanelli, renowned archeologist, found the horses in pieces in 1938. Along with the horse sculpture he simultaneously discovered the largest Etruscan temple ever excavated.

The front of this Etruscan temple was decorated by these winged horses. Missing is a two wheeled chariot that the horses pulled. The passenger in the chariot was a god that the temple had been dedicated to.

Horse and Groom (Chinese Art)

Horse and Groom, after Li Gonglin

Zhao Yong (1291-1361)

China, Yuan dynasty, 1347

Handscroll; ink and color on paper

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Remington's Horses

This is a prize winner by western painter/sculptor Frederic Remington. He lived from 1861 til 1909). It is titled "A Dash For Timber" and was painted in 1889 in oil on canvas.

Femando Botero's Man on a Horse

"Man on a Horse", white marble, height: 112cm, 2009.

Colombian artist, Femando Botero, is mostly known for his paintings and sculptures of bigger than life human and animal subjects. Botero enrolled in a bull-fighting school as a youth, for several years but this preoccupation soon changed to a stronger interest in art. He began painting as a teen and was increasingly inspired by the Spanish colonial and pre-Colombian art that surrounded him. He also had an avid interest in the works of Diego Rivera, the Mexican muralist.

He had his first one-man show in 1950 in Bogota and then traveled to Madrid, Spain where he made a living copying art in the collection of the Prado Museum. His favorites were Goya and Velasquez. Tourists bought these copies and business was good. The rest of the 50's were spent studying art in Paris and Florence, and he also began experiments with size and proportion.

In 1960, he moved to New York City and had arrived at his recognizable style, which was his unique interpretation of large round humans and animals. His painting style was a strange mixture of Latin American folk art and compositional styles as per the Old Masters.

In 1973 he moved back to Paris and started creating three dimensional pieces, again focussing on huge round objects. Through the 80's his painting subjects were mainly bullfighting scenes.

He had very successful outdoor showings of his monumental bronzes, including Roman Soldier (1985), Maternity (1989) and The Left Hand (1992). These were presented around the world in the late 1990's.

Cave Horse

A horse from the "Panel of the Chinese Horses" from the Lascaux Cave. Photo courtesy of N. Aujoulat, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, France.

5th Century Roman Horse

Here is a very dramatic statue of a horse from a group of equestrians. It was found in Rome (Trastevere) and is dated sometime during the 5th Century B.C. It was cast in bronze and is 200 cm in height. It is housed at The Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy. (photo by Zeno Colantoni.)

Iranian Horse Head

This very elaborately decorated horse head was found in Kerman, Iran. It is dated as 4th century A.D. and is considered to be Sassanid art. It is presently housed at the Louvre Museum in Paris. (photo credit: Jastrow)

An Antique Carousel Horse

I had to have one of these in the MOHA collection. I have a history with carousels. My father built me a miniature electric wooden carousel when I was about 5, and after we broke it, he built us a little bit larger one out of aluminum. The horses actually went up and down and it had reflecting mirrors gave it a magic quality. My parents used to take us to the Merry-Go-Round at Griffith Park in Los Angeles and that was always an exciting event.

Later in life I had an artist friend that used to travel around the USA doing art work, ornamental and pictorial, on carousels both public and private. Another friend later gave me an antique carousel horse which I hung from the ceiling, over a staircase in our home.

The one in the picture above is a 19th century carousel horse by Hershel Amitage of Tonawanda, New York. It is 55.5 inches in height by 58 inches in length. Click on the horse to see more antiquities from Red Schoolhouse Antiques.

Picasso's Boy Leading a Horse

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This is a familiar painting. I think I first saw it in a book at the Glendale Public Library. Part of Picasso's "Pink Period", I believe. It is aptly called "Boy Leading a Horse" and was painted in 1906. Oil on canvas.

Han Dynasty Mounted Cavalryman

English: Painted figure of a cavalryman.

Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - A.D. 8)

Excavated at Xianyang, Shaanxi Province, 1965

This painted sculpture was found in a general's tomb. It depicts a very spirited horse plus a rider. Seated on a painted saddle, the rider has his hair bound up in some sort of headdress, wearing hemp shoes and a somewhat short robe. You can almost hear the horse snorting.

A Stone Age Horse

This is probably the second oldest art piece in the MOHA collection. It is from the Stone Age and the archeologists call it the Vogelherd Horse Sculpture, mainly because they found it in the Vogelherd Cave in Vogelherdhohlen. It is currently housed at the Museum der Universitat, Tubingen.

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      5 years ago

      @Lensmaster...Love "A Plumed Saddle Horse" and the horse collage! All of these are marvelous! Thanks for introducing me to this museum of the horse, which I previously never had explored! (Horse Lover101!)


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