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Landscape with a Horse

Artist
Edward Middleton Manigault, Canadian (active United States), 1887–1922
Date
1912
Material
Oil on canvas
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 334
Dimensions
27 × 33 in. (68.6 × 83.8 cm)
framed: 36 1/2 × 42 in. (92.7 × 106.7 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of John and Susan Horseman, in honor of Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
105:2019
NOTES
The golden, glowing sky sets the tone for this visionary scene. A horse, castle, and foliage emerge from the darkened, jewel-toned landscape, whose trees cast anxious silhouettes. Edward Middleton Manigault is known for his insistent experimentation. His works are remarkable for their decorative sense and imaginative, otherworldly spirit, as seen here. Manigault later served as an ambulance driver in World War I (1914–1918), where he was exposed to mustard gas. In the years following his discharge, he began fasting as an attempt to “approach the spiritual plane and see colors not perceptible to the physical eye.” This practice exacerbated his poor health, and at the age of 35 he collapsed and died.
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