Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Horseman of Death

This painting titled The Horseman of Death was created by Salvador Dali in 1935. I like this painting because of the combination of dark and light imagery. In the foreground there is a skeleton riding a partially decomposed horse which I consider to be a dark image. The background, which contains a rainbow and blue sky, is very light. The imbalance of themes in the painting is something that stands out to me and makes it interesting. Another thing that I learn when reseaching this painting is that Dali reused images from some of his prior paintings. The rainbow and clouds that are in the background were from his painting Le Spectre et al Fantome. The horseman is also a common subject that Dali includes in paintings.

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