On the occasion of Menagerie: Animals on View, we're taking a closer look at several of the thematic groupings in the exhibition. This week: Horses.
There exists an enduring bond between horses and humanity. These noble creatures have influenced the ways in which civilizations engage in warfare, trade, transportation, agriculture, sports, and many other facets of modern life. In their representations of these majestic animals in the rural landscape, on the battlefield, and elsewhere, artists have often conveyed aspects of the current cultural and social milieu.
In the second half of the 19th century, Rosa Bonheur aimed to capture their thunderous energy and the anguish horses felt within the urban environment, whereas Impressionist Edgar Degas studied the grace, strength, and movement of racehorses. A century later, in Two-Tone, Susan Rothenberg reconciles the rigors of the traditional motif of the horse with elements of abstraction.