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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Elegance in Motion; The Race Horse

Those who love horses may have owned one as a child, or always wanted one. Horses represent a lot of things. In literature, horses often represent freedom. It was through horses that most people traveled and populated the US up until the 1900's. Even today, there are still towns in America where you can see sheriffs and makeshift cowboys choosing horses over automobiles. Imagery of horses can hearken back to memories of living in quieter, rural areas where life is simpler and easier. Horses alone can create the imagery of quiet fields and rolling wind within a person's mind. Racing horse images can create the impression of a childhood day at the races. It can also lead someone to reminisce about a day they won a lot of money at the horse track.

One great way to capture an appreciation for horses is through images like paintings and prints. A framed horse print can capture the imagery described while still functioning as a painting when framed. Prints like these look very attractive when hung up in restaurants, shops and doctor's offices because they are very neutral and plaintive in tone. They also work wonderfully in the home setting, and take very little time to open and frame. It can be as easy as measuring and ordering a print with the width of an already existing framed picture. Simply replace the print with the framed picture, and you are all set.

Some of the most popular artists include Tony Stromberg. His sepia-toned reproductions capture the movement of horses in a beautifully artistic manner. His work "The Forgotten Horse" captures a solitary horse silhouette against an orange hued pastel backdrop. Robert Dawson is another artist that specializes in sepia toned prints. He also works heavily with black and white imagery. His print "Moonlight Dreamer" cleverly captures the bare essence of light on a horse's upper half to capture the very essence of how moonlight can reflect on a horse in the darkness.

Horse sketches can capture the more artistic side of the prints. Marta Gottfried's "Lepa Zena" uses inkblot-like precision to draw up an image of a horse. The beauty of this image is that the looseness of the sketching style still coherently captures a fully formed horse. Visually, it seems as though the horse is spilling out of the frame in a state of constant movement. Even Leonardo DaVinci sketched horses. His anatomical sketch of the horses rendered them as though they were in three dimensions. His sketch "The Fall of Phaeton" has all of the artistic flourishes of the greatest pieces of the era. Phaeton, in Greek mythology, rode a chariot pulled by horses. Here, the horses are shown falling as though they have been reared from heavens, as Phaeton himself struggles within the calamity of the scene. If you are interested in horse print reproductions, it's a good idea to order them online through a site that specializes in them. You will have the greatest selection in finding everything from art pieces to racing horse images.


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