Horse and Rider (Cavallo E Cavaliere)
Horse and Rider (Cavallo E Cavaliere), 1950
Oil on paper laid down on canvas
64 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches (162.9 x 100 cm)
Signed top left in pencil ‘Marino 1950’
Studio of Marino Marini.
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York.
Gallery Moos, Toronto.
Private Collection, Toronto.
Private Collection, New York.
Patrick Waldberg, Herbert Read and G. Di San Lazzarro. Marino Marini, Complete works, New York, 1970, no. 190, Illustrated p. 426.
Erich Steingraber and Lorenzo Papi, Marino Marini-Paintings, Johannesburg, 1989, no. 267, illustrated p. 134 (incorrectly dated 1954).
Passions: Modern and African Art, a collection. Leslie J. Sacks Editions. pp. 12-13, illlustrated on page 13.
In post war Italy, many figurative painters tried to arrive at a compromise between modernism and the Italian past. Marino Marini known for his consistent exploration of the horse and rider theme, drew upon historical sources such as Tang dynasty statuettes the bronze horses of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, and Etruscan art. The artist’s most powerful inspiration, though, resulted from his experience of crowds of homeless Milanese people desperately trying to flee the city on horseback, at the close of the war. With these sources in mind, it is not hard to imagine the rider in “Cavallo E Cavaliere” as a symbol for the artist of the rebellion of Italy.