~ Arabian Horse Art ~





Hope 2012.
Oil on canvas
  30x32.5 cm
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Wonderful World 2008.
Pencil
 33x41 cm


   


Silence 2007.
Oil on canvas
 27x39 cm


   




In clouds 2007.
Pencil
 34x36 cm




Heaven riders 2006.
Oil on canvas
 35x55 cm
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Flame 2006.
Pastel
 35x34 cm











My way 2006.
Pencil
 40x29 cm


   






Dream 2003.
Oil on canvas
 50x40 cm


   






Princess 2003.
Oil on canvas
 50x40 cm
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Whirlwind 2002.
Oil on canvas
 24x30 cm










Whisper 2001.
Pastel
 42x29 cm











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Romantic Arabian horse is considered the most beautiful of all the horses and a favorite motif in art. Its homeland stretches over endless desert highlands of Najd in the western part of Saudi Arabia, and its magnificent mane flying in many parts of the world. It is present everywhere: in places where there are numerous heroes and ordinary people, in the nature surrounding man, in many objects, phenomena, beliefs and artworks. It is carved in difficult living conditions, in which survive only the most resilient, in the heart of Arabia, and crystallized as its most beautiful pearl. Gently transmitted from generation to generation, it is vented in the embrace of harsh climate and hard nomadic life. Created by crossbreeding Central Asia and Altai-Mongolian horses, it is the oldest and most persistent race horse. Its intelligence and spirited nature reflects in its bright, big and expressive eyes, about whose insight and benevolence speaks many myths, legends and songs. The exalted neck and the beautiful line of its slender body write verses about the being created by light and dreams. Fairies created it from the snow and gave it hidden strength - the invisible wings, which often helped it to overtake the opponent and the first to reach the desired goal, to skip obstacles and ravines to escape from evil. The wind revived it, the dew watered it with freshness, the mountain fed it with foliage, the meadow adorned it with the flowers, and the desert protected it with sand. Loyal and always awake, it never betrayed its master. Genghis Khan and Tamerlane are known as the most capable cavalry commanders in the history of the human race. Tamerlane constantly crossed his horses with the Arabians and no one else had such an effective cavalry as his. Powerful and durable, and at the same time fragile and emotional, with their unique anatomy, unusual beauty and attractiveness, Arabians leave unforgettable impression. Beside their exotic appearance, they fascinate with their incredible speed that has been developing through the history while running in the desert sand. Arabian horse races have been taking place for at least two thousand years B.C. on the Arabian Peninsula. Art and oral tradition of Bedouins who have been related to the “desert horse” for centuries testify of this fact. Extremely beautiful, noble and gentle, and spirited and strong at the same time, persistent and tough, it remained noticed in the history of art as an inexhaustible source of inspiration of many artists. It is immortalized in many wonderful paintings, sculptures and drawings across the globe. There is not an art museum on whose walls we can not meet its magnificent beauty. Its temperament and elegance enrich the epic works of many great artists, who treat it with respect (Edwin Lord Weeks, Adolf Schreyer, Alberto Pasini, Otto Pilny, Gustave Achille Guillaumet, Eugène Fromentin, Jacques-Laurent Agasse and Victor Pierre Huguet). In the paintings of Alberto Pasini, oriental scenes are extraordinarily interpreted: high figures of imaginary knights, turbans, fabrics and ornaments, bathed in the sun’s rays. Gustave Achille Guillaumet often visited Algeria and many of his paintings depict the cruel life of humans and animals in the desert. Jacques-Laurent Agasse was an excellent connoisseur of animal anatomy and had great love for English runners, which he frequently displayed in his works. Théodore Géricault spent his short life painting the dashing jumps of Arabian horses and the heroic battles of the horsemen. He, with great enthusiasm, immortalized the restless, unrestrained Arabians, who are like a fire that comes out of a volcano that people are struggling to tame. Like a glowing lightning, they have a need to shine. Their movements are as strong as wind and storm, and their view is gentle like a moon. In this view, the moments of many terrible times, endless and hard journeys of desert sand, countless insurmountable obstacles, wandering and uncertainty stopped.
(Artist Suzana Stojanović)