Horse and Rider signed and dated 'Frink 79' (lower left) pencil and watercolour on paper 100 x 70 cm. (39 3/8 x 27 5/8 in.)
PROVENANCE: With Terry Dintenfass, Inc., New York Property of Mr. David Lilly, Boston, MA
Frink had an affinity with the horse as a motif throughout her career. This passion was first developed as early as 1950 whilst she was a student at the Chelsea College of Art, working under Willi Soukop and Bernard Meadows. Raised in Suffolk and surrounded by open space, Frink gave up riding at the age of sixteen after having suffered two accidents. However, upon visiting the Camargue in the late 1960s, one of Western Europe's last wildernesses and famous for its wild horses, there was a renewed interest and she took it up again.
Frink's sculptures of horses (see lots 70 & 98), often including riders, and her drawings (see also lot 71) are not exactly related and in this sense her approach was different to that of other celebrated figures of 20th Century British art such as Henry Moore. The present work is both bold in scale and execution, depicting as it does a fine and confident stallion with an equally well postured male nude as its rider. The horse is realised in its entirety and presented at the foreground of the composition in such a way that we, the viewer, may fully admire this majestic animal.