Saturday, 9 April 2016

H is for Horse

Painters and Poets

The Painters and Poets blog I have linked to above is dedicated to finding poetry written and inspired by works of art, and on it I found the painting 'The Horse With Violin in Mouth' by Marc Chagall, who was a real pioneer of modernism and someone who used a huge variety of mediums to create his art. I love his paintings because they are so bold and imaginative, often with a chaotic dreamlike quality. Horses and Violins feature quite regularly, and this painting is referenced in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem:

Don't let that horse
eat that violin
cried Chagall's mother

But he
kept right on

And became famous

And kept on painting
The Horse With Violin in Mouth
And when he finally finished it
he jumped up upon the horse
and rode away
waving the violin

And then with a low bow gave it
to the first naked nude he ran across

And there were no strings attached


  1. A beautiful painting! :)

  2. Fun A to Z posts! I enjoyed your other non-A to Z posts too, about words and sewing.
    Good luck with your A to Z!
    Trisha Faye

  3. I'm loving your theme Art meets Literature. Chagall is one of my favorite artists. Love this poem too.


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