After Munnings

Sir Alfred Munnings ranks as one of the most important artists of the 20th Century. His painterly style and palette are unique in their ability to express emotion and movement.

This sculpture is taken from his painting “Ned Osborne on Grey Tick,” depicting his groom exercising a horse near his studio in Lamorna, Cornwall.

I chose one aspect of this painting to study, that of gesture.  Look at how Ned rides this big horse, full of energy, bareback with one hand on the reins, all with such confidence and balance.  Ned looks to the viewer and invites us in as he moves forward quickly through the picture plane.

19"H x 26"W x 13"D
(48 x 66 x 33 cm)
Bronze (Cire perdue)

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