20th-21st Century Equine and Equestrian Art



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(above: Frederic Remington, On the Southern Plains, 1907, Oil on canvas, 30 1/8 x 51 1/8in. (76.5 x 129.9cm), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Several Gentlemen, 1911)


Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Horses of the West: Power, Freedom, and Friendship (3/2/15)

Hoofbeats and Heartbeats: the Horse in American Art (9/14/10)

Deborah Butterfield: Horses (6/23/05) The Norton Museum of Art exhibit features twelve evocative sculptures of horses in bronze, steel, and mixed media by the internationally acclaimed Montana sculptor.

Unbridled Beauty: Images of the Horse in American Art (6/4/03)

Unbroken Spirit: The Wild Horse in the American Landscape (2/11/02)

Horse Tales: American Images and Icons 1800--2000 (11/15/01)

Horse & Rider in the Harmsen Collection of Western Art (1/8/01)


Click here for more articles and essays on this subject published in 1998-2000.


(above: N. C. Wyeth, Smokey Face, 1917, oil on canvas, 32 1/4 ? 40 inches, Brigham Young University Museum of Art.  Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


From other websites:

The American Academy of Equine Art website including history. Accessed 5/21

Horse Power: American Weathervanes From a Distinguished New England Collection is a 2019 exhibit at the Colby College Museum of Art which says: "A popular subject in art and the wider visual culture, horses were commonly depicted in weathervane form. This installation explores some of the different varieties of nineteenth-century American horse weathervanes and their historical significances." Accessed 4/20

"Horse Power," works by Cedric Smith is a 2021 exhibit at the Albany (GA) Museum of Art which says: "Where are African-American men depicted on horseback and in what context? The romantic western cowboy, the onward soldier, the jockey, or the gentleman hunter? This exhibition, titled Horse Power, is Smith's ongoing inquiry of these missing symbols as he asks, 'What if these depictions in mass visual culture had been available for role models?'" Accessed 9/21

Kehinde Wiley: Equestrian Portrait of Prince Tommaso of Savoy-Carignan is a 2019 exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art which says: "This major painting is an extension of the artist's Rumors of War series, which takes the form of historic equestrian portraiture. In Wiley's hands, this established genre expands in scale to over nine feet in each dimension, and explodes in color with a revelry of bold and bright hues."  Also see artist's website. Accessed 2/20

Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses was a 2015-15 exhibit at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Claremont Museum of Art says:"Inspired by a lifelong love of horses and the landscape surrounding his Padua Hills home, artist Millard Sheets depicted a familiar way of life. The exhibition Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses, curated by his son Tony Sheets, will include paintings, drawings and lithographs from the years that he lived in Padua Hills in the 1940s-60s and beyond." Accessed 10/16.

William Schaaf: The Way of the Equine  is a 2019 exhibit at the Polk Museum of Art which says: "For many years, Bill Schaaf has explored equine imagery in his paintings and sculpture. The horse figure as an iconic metaphor for power, sensuality, transition and beauty has occupied a dominant place in his visual vocabulary." Also see artist's website.  Accessed 3/19


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