May 19, 2009

Horse and Rider

Horse and Rider

c. 1890

Edgar Degas

(French, 1834–1917)

Black chalk

Support: Cream laid paper

Sheet: 29.5 x 24.3 cm (11 5/8 x 9 9/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2009.123

Location

Description

Degas’s drawing Gentleman Rider alludes to
the steeplechase, a fashionable race in which the
riders were not professional jockeys but, instead,
“gentlemen.” Here, Degas demonstrated his
unceasing interest in the horse’s anatomy in
motion, playfully revising the position of the
animal’s hind legs, as he would a dancer’s. The
top-hatted rider remains a ghostly shadow—it is
clearly the horse rather than its rider who captured
the artist’s imagination.

See also
Collection: 
DR - French
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Black chalk

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