Sculpture: Mechanical Centaur

As a cavalry doctor with the 11th Cuirassiers during World War I, Raymond Duchamp-Villon knew equine anatomy well. As a sculptor, and one of the triumvirate of brothers that included Painter Jacques Villon and Marcel Duchamp, a founder of Dada, he was familiar with the idea that the horse gave aristocratic stature to its rider and had long been the very symbol of man in power. With the beginning of World War I, Duchamp-Villon foresaw that the power of the horse would metamorphose into machine power. The result was his Large Horse of 1914.

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