Click on the pictures to see enlarged versions of the images.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dedication to Mary Campbell

(Horse and Train by Alex Colville, born 1920, Canadian
Magic Realist painter)

This most unusual painting is a widely recognized image in Canada.

It was sparked by two incongruous lines in a poem written by a South African poet in 1949 in honor of his wife. The rather old-fashioned poem seems to be an exhortation to examine critically the traditions we live by before accepting them as guides to follow.

The painting, on the other hand, presents a surreal scenario of choices, for the horse and for the engineer in control of the train.


Against a regiment I oppose a brain
And a dark horse against an armored train.

~ Roy Campbell (1901-1957), Anglo-African poet

No comments: