The Horseman

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Marc Chagall (French, b. Belarus, 1887–1985)
The Horseman, 1966
Oil on canvas
57 1/2 × 45 in. (146.05 × 114.3 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1973.602
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
©2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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Chagall's unique style is a synthesis of the fauve's use of color and the emotional subject matter of the Expressionists. The artist's work is grounded in the childhood memories, religion, and folklore of his Russian-Jewish heritage. Here a vividly colored horseman floats across a dense red backdrop surrounded by images of mythological lovers, flowers, a fiddler, and a mother with children. These figures suggests [sp?] themes of love, courtship and family in the Jewish community that is threatened by the burning houses in the background, a reference to the history of Jewish persecution. Chagall abandoned realistic color to achieve greater expressive qualities and often scratched through the paint surface to delineate forms.

Publication History
Thelen, Margaret. Bradley Collection Celebrates 40th Anniversary! Milwaukee Art Museum: Under the Wings, September 29, 2015. http://blog.mam.org/2015/09/29/bradley-collection-celebrates-40th-anniversary/.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, June 2005, no page number, color illus, detail.

Abe, Nobuo, ed. 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum. Translated and edited by Brain Trust Inc., Japan: 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum Catalogue Committee, 1994, pp. 66 and 131, cat. 4, color illus. p. 67.

Milwaukee Art Museum. The Jewish Contribution in Twentieth-Century Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1993, p. 48, no. 20, color illus. cover.

Milwaukee Art Center. Personal Selections from the Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley Collection. New Orleans: Bradley Family Foundation, 1975, color illus. p. 57.

Blaffer Art Gallery. Diversity in the 20th Century. Houston: Blaffer Art Gallery, 1973, cat. 3A, illus.

Isaac Delgado Museum of Art. Selections from the Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley. New Orleans: Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, 1969, cat. 19.

Louvre. Chagall. Paris: Musée du Louvre, 1969, cat. 178, illus. p. 187.

Aragon, Louis. Recent Paintings, 1966-1968. New York: Pierre Matisse Gallery, 1968, cat. 4, color illus. cover and interior.
Exhibition History
20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, July 2–August 9, 1994; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, August 11–September 4, 1994; Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa, September 10–October 16, 1994; Daimaru Museum, Umeda-Osaka, October 19–November 7, 1994; Chiba Sogo Museum of Art, Chiba, November 26–December 29, 1994; Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame, January 14–February 26, 1995.

The Jewish Contribution in Twentieth Century Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, November 19, 1993–January 9, 1994.

Diversity in the 20th Century, Blaffer Art Gallery, University of Houston, Texas, November 6–November 22, 1973.

Chagall, Musée du Louvre, Paris, December 12, 1969–March 8, 1970.

Selections from the Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley Collection, Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, November 7, 1969–January 4, 1970. (exhibition travelled to Phoenix but this item was withdrawn.)

Recent Paintings, 1966–1968, Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, November–December, 1968.

Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland and Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany, 1967.


This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.