Inspired by the famous "Horse Attacked by a Lion" (1762) by George Stubbs. The original painting can be seen on WikiArt here:
Hopefully the Picasso influence is also apparent. I admire Picasso greatly for the freedom with which he allowed himself to adapt forms to his artistic aims. He also often re-created masterpieces in his own style. Since I first saw the Stubbs painting I felt it was the perfect candidate for an update and an opportunity for me to adopt Picasso's language.
For most of the 8 months it took to complete, this painting had a blue background which I was not happy with. It lacked punch. I've always admired Gauguin's yellows and ochers and it turned out to be the perfect compliment to the dark, dramatic scene.
Oil on canvas, stretched over reinforced wood frame. Unframed, edges painted white.