From 1967 to 1970, Elisabeth Frink lived near the Camargue in the South of France. The region is famous for its indigenous horses, one of the oldest breeds of horse. These horses live in semi-wild conditions in the marshes and wetlands of the region, and are ridden by Gardians, the traditional cattle-herds of the region. A capable horsewoman herself, this period renewed her affection for horses and inspired her Horse and Rider
series of paper and sculptural works. This piece is one of the earliest in the series – the rider seems to ride bareback, yet clutches their fists as if holding invisible reins. The way the ink has settled also gives the image an x-ray like quality.
Horse and Rider
Original: Lithograph on paper 58.4 x 77.8 cm © Estate of Elisabeth Frink. All Rights Reserved, DACS 20YY
Dame Elisabeth Frink was an English sculptor and printmaker who studied at the Guildford School of Art at the Chelsea School of Art. Frink’s range of subjects included the human figure, birds, dogs, horses and religious motifs. Frink created a lot of bronze outdoor sculptures, her style generalised the form and eliminated the detail of the sculptures. Frink’s continued fascination with flight was evident in a series of falling figures and winged men that she made during the 1960s.