Ásmundur Sveinsson

  • Year : 1944
  • Height : 56 cm
  • Width : 74 cm
  • Category : Skúlptúr
  • Sub-category : Málmskúlptúr

Ásmundur created Hell Ride in Reykjavík in 1944. It was originally made from plaster of Paris, and later from wood. It was enlarged in concrete in August 1965. The sculpture is at once complex and magnificent in comparison to the artist’s previous pieces, and yet constructed with great internal consistency: The horse’s head and the man lean symmetrically to opposite sides, in addition to which the horse’s forefeet merge perfectly into its neck. Man and horse appear integrated into one and this lends the piece a powerful identity. Unlike Ásmundur’s previous works, in this piece the viewer senses dynamism and outward expression. The horse tosses its mane with gaping jaws, while the ghostly rider raises his arm, open-mouthed and wild-eyed.

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