Rubens' The Death of Hippolytus provides the best jumping-off point for my current work. I think Rubens' technique and sense of dynamic energy are still relevant to contemporary painters.
In three of my studies, or paraphrases, the chariot gradually mutates into a type of steam locomotive. The horses become fairground wooden horses in one study, and in another become two donkeys that I observed in a Normandy paddock, one of whom used to rear on his hind legs to pick green apples from a tree.
Chariot Studies (detail)
Rubens' The Death of Hippolytus is on *display in Gallery 8.
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