Horse Artist - Four Decades
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The work of a horse artist is considered part of a genre, respected only in modern times but prevalent throughout history. From early cave paintings, the forming of early house hold tools, burial tombs and ritual artifacts as well as early jewelry, horses and artwork have traveled side by side through the centuries along with the joined histories of this wonderful creature with humans.
As the centuries passed, the work of each horse artist became more sophisticated along with the depiction of the form of the animal, moving from abstraction to realism, to a time when many artistic styles were and are readily available. The one thing constant in the creation of this genre has been the feeling that motivated the artist, artisans and crafts people.
Not until the middle of the eighteen hundreds, relatively recent in the course of history, has the genre of depicting the horse become accepted in the circles of fine art. Prior to this century and even well into the century, famous artists whose imagination was captured by this animal, and for whom the expression of this feeling naturally found its way into their work, were called "horse artists" and the term was meant to be rather demeaning.
However as the trend continued, and indeed some hugely talented artists who were also credited by the world as being vastly talented, did paint and sculpt the equine as a subject, the opinion of the critics and collectors shifted to accommodate what was unstoppable anyway and such expression became more widely accepted as worthy of the time of the serious artist.
In truth, from the days of Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance, famous artists were well-depicting various steeds in their life-time body of work. Degas, Reubens, Gerricault, Toulouse-Lautrec and so very many of the world's most famous, contributed to the ongoing trend, long before such a term came into usage. The sculptors did their part too, as most kings and any depiction of war included horses, not to mention the beginning of racing and sporting artwork that was the real point at which such a subject became popular, if not yet highly rated.
By the time Patricia Crane was born, it was ok to draw, paint, and sculpt the equine as a focus of a career in the arts and almost everyone was verbally admitting that the motivation of all the centuries of human artists whose imaginations were captured by this incredible animal, was in the end result understandable, since all along it was the very spirit of this creature, the essence of aliveness, grace, power and beauty that had always caused the outpouring of expression by each artist in all of the many types of artwork and forms they practiced and through which they expressed their own spirit. The once mostly unspoken, but always felt, age old partnership between men and horses flourished and the value of the horse artist formed a niche - a genre that continues.
A few examples of artworks of Patricia Crane, which have spanned forty years or so to date, are offered below with links to the appropriate areas of this website:
Examples from the work of this Horse Artist :
To discuss a commission in bronze, a true to life sculpture-portrait by sculptor Patricia Crane, email Patricia.
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