The Anatomy and Action of the Horse

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"[The author] is unequalled among living painters in the representation of animals. Excellent anatomical drawings."—New Statesman and Nation
"Unusual in conception, originality, style and interest . . . a treasure for the horseman's library."—The Times (London) Literary Supplement
This easy-to-read text explains the horse as a machine designed for movement. Using different colors in his drawings, the author not only describes with clarity the ...

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Overview

"[The author] is unequalled among living painters in the representation of animals. Excellent anatomical drawings."—New Statesman and Nation
"Unusual in conception, originality, style and interest . . . a treasure for the horseman's library."—The Times (London) Literary Supplement
This easy-to-read text explains the horse as a machine designed for movement. Using different colors in his drawings, the author not only describes with clarity the horse's skeleton and the functions of various muscles, but also creates images that have the power to suggest movement and stress. More than 75 illustrations include accurate diagrams and color illustrations fo the horse's anatomy, as well as meticulously rendered sketches of the entire animal.
Of value to students and teachers of art, this book will also appeal to horse lovers who want a deeper understanding—without having to examine the anatomical complexities of the subject—of why this animal is capable of moving with such grace and speed.
Unabridged Dover (2003) republication of the edition published by the Countryman Press, Woodstock, Vermont, 1936.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486429809
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 8/15/2003
  • Series: Dover Anatomy for Artists Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 546,455
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.62 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
I. The Frame 1
II. Action and Mechanics 9
III. The Skeleton 35
IV. The Muscles 50
V. Proportions 84
VI. Movement 88
VII. Art 93
VIII. Glossary 95
IX. Notes on the Text 104
Bibliography 116
Index 117
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2005

    Great, but complex

    This book is a great addition to any artist's library. Horses are known to be some of the hardest animals to draw correctly and are the boon of so many. This book really breaks the horse down into working parts. It isn't a book that can be traced from, but assumes that the artist is advanced enough to draw just from the knowledge of bones and mussels. Yet even with out this level of skill the book is useful in that it does help to develop this ability. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand why something looks the way it does and move their work to a new level of realism.

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