Sunday, August 07, 2011

Naked Horsemen



Today's little find. As well as an unexpected treasure-trove of books at a local antiques fair today, this postcard was a pleasant find. We're no strangers here at Front Free Endpaper to the melding of naked man to naked horse and the painting reproduced here is by a Danish artist called Oscar Matthiesen and is called the Scanian Dragoons Head for a Swim (c.1905). There's more information about it and a picture of it in situ showing just how big it is in real-life on Flickr. Amusingly the bodies were modelled by enlisted men and then the heads on their fit shoulders were portraits of the officers.

2 comments:

Anna said...

If you can read Swedish there's a dissertation about nude male bodies from the turn of the century 1900, http://www.adlibris.com/se/product.aspx?isbn=9172274964. I think he writes about that painting. I had him as a professor in Fashions studies and Art History and I remember him talking about that painting.

Anonymous said...

This is my great Grandfathers painting. He was born in Germany and a very young went to Denmark. He was a very well noted painter and painted for noblemen and the King of Denmark. I grew up with many of his paintings and I happen to have several now. There were many military paintings. We even have drawing of the horsemen. His paintings were always sign OM or the full signature.

 
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