Indian on Horseback, by Alexander Proctor. 1898. Bronze
“I am eternally obsessed with two deep desires-one, to spend as much time as possible in the wilderness, and the other, to accomplish something worthwhile in art.” –Alexander Proctor
The way the horse is about to step back and the sway of the Indian’s body captures the sense of movement beautifully. You can almost hear the horse neigh and its hooves pattering the ground. The contours of the horse’s muscles show how well Proctor understood their anatomy. The static diagonal of the spear enhances the motion and brings our eyes to the Indian’s face which looks collected despite his slightly furrowed brow; He’s poised and ready for whatever it is they’re facing.