Horse and rider stumbling (aka «Mounted horse stumbling»)
The horse in History, the horse in Art, the horse in the life of Man… One of the most beautiful animals in the world, it is also, perhaps, the most useful. Without the horse, civilization would have been different.
The horse is an animal of peace, agriculture and progress, but also the messenger of war.
Dali, in this piece of a warrior horseman, has imagined him stumbling on the battlefield or in combat, since the shield held high symbolises defence against an enemy.
The image of the horse in painting and sculpture is the most widespread animal figure in the history of Art, from the Palaeolithic horses of the caves of Altamira (Santander, Spain) and Lascaux (The Dordogne, France), those that appear on Greek, Etruscan and Roman friezes and vases, the equestrian statues of the Italian Renaissance or the steeds of “The Battle of San Romano” by Paolo Uccello to those of Gustave Dorçe or Eugene Delacroix.
Dali has often depicted the horse, alone or mounted, in his work.