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Big Race

2001 Clarice Smith Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1933 oil on canvas 36 1/2 x 76 1/2 in. (92.7 x 194.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Melvin and Ryna Cohen and the Funger Foundation, Norma Lee and Morton Funger 2003.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, South Wall

Luce Center Quote

"I see the horse as a dynamic beautiful form; a combination of power and grace." Artist's statement, 2003

Luce Center Label

Clarice Smith loves horses and has created many paintings of equestrian events, including races, polo matches, and show jumping. In Big Race, she emphasized the fast-paced action of the event by painting the horses and their riders at close range. The huddled figures and intent expressions of the jockeys reveal the breathtaking proximity of the riders as they maneuver for advantage and head toward the finish line. The horizontal format of the canvas and Smith's lively brushstrokes underscore the drama of the race as we imagine the horses thundering around the track.



Figure group - male

Occupation - sport - jockey