Equus II

Equus II

I wanted a companion piece to “Circus Horse” so I researched other equine forms that might be found on cave walls. Jean Clottes’s “Cave Art” book provided me with this magnificent horse. This horse from the Reseau Clastres Cave in France is 89 cm. in length faces a narrow entrance to a larger chamber named Chamber of Paintings. This horse is made up of 49 lines. Scientists claim that the artist began with the forehead before drawing the mane, the dorsal line and tail, the hind leg, belly line, front leg and finally the chest. They have established this sequence, beyond a doubt, from the way in which the lines overlap each other. The artist was either sitting or crouching, as the horse’s mane is only 1.22 metres from the ground. Interestingly enough, if one stands at a distance anywhere else in the cave, the horse appears deformed but seen from where the artist sat, the proportions are correct. The conclusion: what mattered most to the artist was the image itself and not how it would be seen by others.” Art for art’s sake as it were.

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