Oil on canvas
48 x 24 in. (121.9 x 61 cm.)
Signed in Devanagari and Urdu upper left
Here is exploding energy in a flight across the picture plane. The image is formed by a powerful line-movement, by the vigorous brushstroke, often by the diagonal compositions holding the picture plane in tension For Husain, the horse seems to stand for super-human forces, powerful not only for its stampeding arrogance, but because of its greater sophistication. (Geeta Kapur, Husain, Sadanga Series for Vakils, Mumbai, p. 41)
The current example of Husains horses presents a tight, composition, where the canvas explodes with the dynamic vertical movement of the horses. One can almost imagine the dust kicked up by their hooves as they thunder through space, falling over each other with their tremendous movement and energy. The use of a monochromatic palette emphasises the dynamism of the work as the attention is now concentrated on the bold brushstrokes and the application of thick paint to create a wonderful sense of power and vitality that emanates from the muscular rumps and strong necks of the four animals.
The horses are rampant or galloping; the manes, the fury, the working buttocks, the prancing legs, and the strong neighing heads with dilated nostrils are blocks of colour which are vivid or tactile or are propelled in their significant progression by strokes of the brush or sweeps of the palette knife. The activity depicted is transformed in the activity of paint. (E. Alkazi, M.F. Husain The Modern Artist and Tradition, New Delhi, 1978, p. 3)
About The Artist:
MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (1913 - 2011)