Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Blue Rider

Let’s step closer to a section of the painting (above).
This is perhaps the aftermath or the prelude of a battle, perhaps a march, with the British forces in red and the American ones in blue at the time of the War of 1812.

A blue rider fills the middle of the panel – horse and rider, in a sweeping movement, full of energy, looking ahead into the unknown. 

Luca’s brush arrests the nervous prancing of the horse in a pose of steadying calm. 

A blue rider.

I am reminded of Kandinsky’s own blue rider here, and of Kandinsky’s belief that blue awakens in us a desire for the eternal.

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