Category Archives: Behind the Design

January 27, 2011

The Horses of Spain

Horses have been an important part of Spain’s culture, agriculture, military, and sport for hundreds of years. However Spain’s most famous breed of horse would have to be the Andalusian.

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Engraving of Andalusian, 1743

 

The breed was developed in the Iberian Penninsula in the 15th century, and was originally used as war horses to carry warriors during battle. They were eventually replaced by sturdier, larger horses who could carry men in armor, and since then have become sport horses, doing anything from dressage to bull-fighting.

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This Spring we celebrated Spain’s love of horses with our Caballo Graphic Tee, inspired by the cubist art movement and Picasso’s horses:

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January 22, 2011

Picasso’s Horses

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Here are a few of many of Picasso’s horse drawings & paintings.  There are many great Picasso horse drawings from 1936 & 1937 when he was doing studies for Guernica. The bottom right piece Tete de Cheva was actually stolen from a Swiss museum in 2008. Picasso seems to be very popular with art stealing criminal crowd. Darn Peirce Brosnan -  making stealing artwork seem so appealing (if you’ve ever seen The Thomas Crown Affair).

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Tea’s Caballo Graphic Tee and Picasso’s Horse Study V

The Online Picasso Project is a great place to explore some of Picasso’s lesser known works and see many of his studies.

p.s. one last great horse drawing that I can only find here.