Horse and Rider

c. 1890
(French, 1834–1917)
Sheet: 29.5 x 24.3 cm (11 5/8 x 9 9/16 in.)
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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.
Horse and Rider

Horse and Rider

c. 1890

Edgar Degas

(French, 1834–1917)
France, 19th century

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