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Horse, Buggy and Harvester

Accession Number
2016/2.432

Title
Horse, Buggy and Harvester

Artist(s)
Dmitri Baltermants

Artist Nationality
Russian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1939-1990, printed 2003

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80

Subject matter
This photograph provides a close-up view of a horse towing a cart full of sticks. The horse has come to a stop in the shade of a tree and part of its body is obscured by deep shadows while its right side is illuminated by the raking light of the sun. The branches and leaves of the tree and other foliage establish both the right and bottom edges of the photograph; the horse, in fact, appears almost nestled into the surrounding flora. The horse’s eye points back toward a harvester in the distance, which is surrounded by wide-open fields. This compositional strategy sets up a contrast, both visually and conceptually, between old and new farming methods.  

Physical Description
Trees and bushes surround a horse and cart in the foreground while a harvester works in a field in the distance. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Primary Object Type
black and white print

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
agriculture
combines (agricultural equipment)
farming (function)
fields (land)
horses (equipment)
trees

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