The Horse: From Cave Paintings to Modern Art

by Jeanlouis Gouraud

Abbeville Publishing Group | November 7, 2013 | Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound |

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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, Velásquez, Géricault, 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.

Format: Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 10.63 × 12.6 × 1.18 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0789210185

ISBN - 13: 9780789210180

Found in: Art and Architecture

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The Horse: From Cave Paintings to Modern Art

The Horse: From Cave Paintings to Modern Art

by Jeanlouis Gouraud

Format: Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 10.63 × 12.6 × 1.18 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0789210185

ISBN - 13: 9780789210180

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Foreword First of all, let’s celebrate! Give a whinny of delight, a snort of enthusiasm. A book on the horse in art—finally! Here at last is proof of what we have long surmised, without ever quite daring to say it. Not only is the horse the animal that has most inspired artists from Cro-Magnon man to Picasso; even more remarkably, this creature is undoubtedly the most frequently represented living being in art after man himself, from the very earliest times. The horse alone is the subject of a full third of all prehistoric iconography. This is a strange phenomenon, and stranger still is the horse’s persistent presence in our own era when it has disappeared from our daily lives. We need only recall the works of Maurizio Cattelan, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Berlinde de Bruyckere, and Jessica Johnson Papaspyridi to realize how profoundly the horse continues to fascinate the artistic imagination. From cavemen, who regarded the horse simply as a game animal, to contemporary creators of art installations, who treat the horse as a creature of fantasy, there is a continuity, a historic continuum that is amply demonstrated by the contributions to this volume. These chapters provide a perspective on the horse that is focused not so much on the subject’s timelessness, but rather on its universality, by tracing a geographic continuum. As this book demonstrates, the horse is not just a Western artistic subject. It is ubiquitous in the East, throughout both Middle Eas
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Table of Contents

Foreword: The Art of the Horse
INTRODUCTION: The Horse in the Imagination
The Horse in Prehistoric Art
The Horse in the East: The Origins of the Achaemenid Empire
The Horse in China before the Han Dynasty
The Horse in Greek and Roman Antiquity
The Horse in Medieval Art (4th to 14th century)
The Horse in Arab Manuscripts
The Horse and War (15th to 20th century)
Carriages (16th to 19th century)
Art of Sport and the Leisure Class: The Cult of Superfluity (18th to 19th century)
The Furusiyya, an Enchanted Horse: The Eastern Gallop (18th to 19th century)
The Horse in Art from 1848 to 1914
The 20th Century and the Horse in Conflict
CONCLUSION: The Religion of the Horse
Appendix
Notes, Bibliography, Index of Works and Artists

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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, Velásquez, Géricault, 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.

About the Author

Nicolas Chaudun is an art historian and editor.
Yves Christe is a professor of art history at the University of Geneva.
Henri-Paul Francfort is a director of research at the C.N.R.S., Archaeology of Central Asia.
Jean-Louis Gouraud is a writer and editor.
Emmanuelle Héran is a curator at the Musée d'Orsay.
Jean-Louis Libourel is the Curator-in-Chief of Patrimoine.
Camille Morineau is a curator at the Centre Pompidou.
Christine Peltre is a professor of art history at the University of Strasbourg.
Daniel Roche is a professor at the Collège de France.
Denis Vialou is a professor at the Museum of Natural History in Paris.
Marc-André Wagner is a historian and Germanist.
Michel Woronoff is an honorary president of the University of Franche-Comté, where he is also a professor emeritus.
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