Friday Art: Jockeys In The Rain by Edgar Degas (1880-1)

It’s what we’ll see tomorrow at the Kentucky Derby, all right.

Degas loved horses and racing and often made them his subjects, right up there with ballet dancers. Even as deceptively simple as his depictions seem, there’s a lot captured in those big brush strokes. He gets the colorful coats of the horses, even in the grayishness of the rain, as well as the different colored silks of the jockeys.

Horses still run on thick turf grass over in Europe. I guess that hasn’t changed since Degas’ time.

My money’s on those 2 on the right to duel it out for the win. They look like they’re raring to go.


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