Head of a Horse
Georges Braque ( French, 1882 - 1963 )
Like his friend Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque produced a significant body of drawings, prints, and sculptures in addition to his well-known paintings. This work is the largest of a group of horse sculptures that Braque made between 1939 and 1941. Inspired by ancient Etruscan art, he drastically simplified the animal’s distinctive features in a bold, linear style. The rough, textured surface reveals the artist’s hands-on modeling of the sculpture. Braque typically began these works in limestone, clay, or plaster before having them cast in bronze or zinc in an edition of ten. Head of a Horse must have held personal significance for Braque, as he bequeathed one of the casts to his native France.