Marino Marini (Italian, 1901-1980)
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Throughout the forties and fifties, Italian sculptor Marino Marini worked with the theme of horse and rider. Marini's abstracted Horseman of 1947 remains reflective, quiet, and in control. Firmly seated, his stretched, downcast arms reach between his legs and land gently on the animal's back. Head tilted backward, he looks skyward while his horse calmly looks down and to the left. As the rider exalts in his newly finished journey, his companion grazes underneath him, whereas his later horses became wilder and the riders more exhausted. In addition to the equestrian theme, Marini remained transfixed with "pomonas," plump figures of women. His technique included painting the images first and then sculpting them in bronze or wood.


  • Artist Name: Marino Marini (Italian, 1901-1980)
  • Title: Horseman
  • Date: 1947
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Dimensions: 39-1/2 x 18-1/2 x 25 in. (100.3 x 47 x 63.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1968.08.2.S
  • Copyright: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Object Information

The artist (1901-1980).
[Laing Galleries, Toronto].
Dr. Ben Raxlen, Toronto, to;
[Parke-Bernet, New York, 4 April 1968, lot 147];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

[on loan]

  • Brooklyn Museum, 1968-06 to

[on loan]

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969-11-05 to

Modern Sculpture from the Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Foundation

  • Pasadena Art Museum, 1972-08-01 to 1973-07-31

The Nabis

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1992-09-24 to 1993-07-18

Selections from the Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art

  • Princeton University Art Museum, 1972-12-03 to 1974-07-17

Reinstallation of South Wing

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-10-07 to 1995-08-13
  • Marino Marini, 1950, pl. 19
  • Read, Walberg and San Lazzaro, Marino Marini: Complete Works, 1970, no. 230 p. 198
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 438 p. 298
  • Renato Miracco, Italian Treasures in the U.S. An Itinerary of Art, 2014, p. #42
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