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Horse: From Noble Steeds to Beasts of Burden Hardcover – October 1, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823023346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823023349
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,809,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lorraine Harrison has a degree in art history from the University of Sussex in England. This book has allowed her to combine her love of art and animals.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2000
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In the same format as the popular books ZOO, CAT, DOG, SEX comes another overview of art and writings from ancient times to the present. Lavishly illustrated with all forms of art dealing with the Horse, author Harrison has blended academia with whimsy and the result is a treat for art and animal lovers of all ages. This is a terrific item for a gift.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2001
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I enjoyed examining all works of art in this book to learn some techniques used by the masters, it's also a great book for ANYBODY(artist or not) who simply loves horses. It would have been nicer if it were bigger, but otherwise it's a great coffee table book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abby G. Palanker on July 23, 2005
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This is simply a beautiful book and a must have for any horse lover. This collection of horse art is the best I've seen. It's a jewel that packs a punch and would look great in any home. This book is part of a wonderful series that includes "Zoo", "Dog", "Cat", "Sex", and "Flora". They're great as a collection!
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By Houyhnhnm on April 13, 2012
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I love almost all the art displayed in this book. The selections cut across eras and civilizations and styles, providing a rich feast for anyone who loves horses. As proof, I'll say that I've had the book for weeks and am a little over halfway through. I stare for a long time absorbing details.

Even when stylized and contorted, I find most of the horses stunning. For example, page 183 features Gregory Radionov's _Kozak and Girl_ (1994). This shows a horse in full rollkur, nose on chest. Still, I loved the painting's energy and flair with its arc motif. Ghastly as I find rollkur, the curve of the horse's neck, the curved sword carried by the rider, and the curves of the sky work beautifully.

Many 20th C. works are more problematical because of a growing ignorance about horses and horsemanship. The one that bothers me most is Paton Miller's _Steeple Chase_ (1990) on page 47. Both the painting and the caption confirm and foster the low state of horse knowledge today. The painting presents the outline of a large, heavy rider--perhaps a third the size of his horse?--in mid-air having apparently sailed well past a fence. The rider's head is low and to the right of the crest of the horse's neck and the sole of the boot is fully visible. To me, this says the rider's lost balance and will be sailing through the air on landing. And then there's the caption:

In this painting Miller successfully captures the daunting approach of
a high jump on a cross-country race. He cleverly employs a viewpoint
that places the spectator within the action of the picture.

First of all, the two horses and darkened canvas on the lower left suggest to me that the main horse and rider have cleared the fence.
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I ordered this for a grad project as a reference for images; I had no idea there were so many! The pictures are flawless and easily referenced in the back for sources and information regarding the piece, and the descriptions of each category are wonderful. I love this book, it has a permanent home on my night stand.
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