July 3, 2018

New Britain Museum of Art

Clydesdale Stallion
Circa 1930
John Held, Jr. (1889-1958)
 The New Britain Museum of American Art is a local art museum, which I've attended on a few occasions. Twice to celebrate my daughter's artwork being exhibited as part of the school's presentations and once for a friend's wedding. There is a wide variety of American art on display, but two of my favorite pieces are this bronze Clydesdale sculpture and the following oil painting. I love how the mass of a draft horse still manages to look agile in the pose chosen by the artist.

Detail of Clydesdale Stallion

Le Jour du Grand Prix
(On the Day of the Grand Prix)
Oil on Canvas
Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
There is a lot to love about this painting, but what drew me to it is the horse in the front. It really appears to be a perlino or some sort of double dilute. Given that this was painted in 1887, I find it fascinating to find this color presented. From a composition stand-point, I appreciate the light color to help the eye move through the painting, but I would have assumed it to be a faded grey. However on closer inspection, I do think it's a perlino!

Detail of Le Jour du Grand Prix

June 30, 2018

Horse Armor at the Yale University Art Gallery

As I mentioned in a previous post, the family recently visited the Yale University Art Gallery, which has a very rich collection of art and artifacts, spanning centuries. This interesting exhibit displays horse armor circa 200 A.D. I think it is interesting to compare this armor with that on display at The Met. I don't know if there are any tack makers out there looking to recreate this type of horse armor, or any historians who find the horse's role in history fascinating, but just in case, here are several photos.

June 26, 2018

Yale University Art Gallery

Detail of A Lion Attacking a Horse

We visited the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT over spring break and I was blown away! The diversity and quality of the permanent collection is impressive. I particularly enjoyed seeing the Stubbs painting and Remington bronze in person. Here is a selection of many of the equines I spotted on our visit. If you get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it. The architecture of the building itself is worth making the trip!

A Lion Attacking a Horse
George Stubbs, British (1724 - 1806)
Oil on Canvas

Mule Wearing a Bridle
Greek, 3rd - 2nd century B.C.

Standing Horse & Horse
Greek, 9th - 8th century B.C.

Rearing Horse
Greek, Southern Italian, probably Conasa
4th - 3rd century B.C.
Terracotta with pigment added

Saint GeorgeCircle of Angelos (Akotantos)
Cretan, first half of 15th century
circa 1440
Tempera on wood

Horseman and His Horse at a River
Karel du Jardin, Dutch (1626 - 1678)
Oil on Canvas

Spring Landscape with Donkeys and Goats (The Rabbit-Warren)
Paulus Potter, Dutch (1625 - 1654)
Oil on panel

Detail from Spring Landscape with Donkey and Goats

Detail of The Great Bridge

The Great Bridge
Gustave Courbet, French (1819 - 1877)
Oil on Canvas

Edgar Degas collection

The False Start
Edgar Degas, French (1834 - 1917)
circa 1869-72
Oil on panel

Landscape with an Elegant Hunting Party on a Stag Hunt
Nicolaes Berchem, Dutch (1620 - 1683)
Oil on panel

Detail of Landscape with an Elegant Hunting Party on a Stag Hunt

The Stag Hunt
Philips Wouwerman, Dutch (1619 - 1668)
Oil on copper

Detail of the Stag Hunt

China, Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 C.E.)
early 8th century C.E.
Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze

Tang Dynasty Chinese collection

The Wounded Bunkie
Frederic Remington, American (1861 - 1909)

Detail of The Wounded Bunkie

Detail of The Wounded Bunkie