Horse

Dark colored abstract sculpture of interlocking rounded and edged shapes.

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  • Dark colored abstract sculpture of interlocking rounded and edged shapes.

Date:

1914

Artist:

Raymond Duchamp-Villon
French, 1876–1918

About this artwork

Writing in 1913 to his friend the American art historian Walter Pach, Raymond Duchamp-Villon declared, "The power of the machine imposes itself upon us and we can scarcely conceive living bodies without it." That year the French sculptor began his preliminary sketches and clay studies for Horse, progressively abstracting these initial naturalistic renderings of the animal’s anatomy into a coiled configuration of geometric forms suggestive of pistons, gears, and shafts. Optimistically embracing the clean aesthetic and dynamic potential of the machine, Duchamp-Villon reinterpreted the traditional subject of equestrian sculpture for the modern era. The artist completed only a small plaster of the final version of Horse; he died before he could realize his plans to enlarge and cast it in bronze. This was done by his brothers, Jacques Villon and Marcel Duchamp, in 1930–31.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 395

Artist

Raymond Duchamp-Villon

Title

Horse

Origin

France

Date

1914

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Numbered, inscribed and dated, proper right of rear base: “6/6 R DUCHAMP-VILLON/1914”; inscribed, center of rear base: “Susse Fondeur Paris”

Dimensions

39 3/8 × 24 × 36 in. (99 × 61 × 91.4 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Margaret Fisher in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Fisher

Reference Number

1957.165

Extended information about this artwork

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