Peter Rose Pulham

Horse's Skull, Sphere and Moon

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About this artwork

This work shows a horse’s skull in a nighttime landscape setting, with the jaws propped open with a stick, and the moon casting a silvery light. An enigmatic ball lies behind the skull, echoing the form of the moon. Thanks to Theodora Fitzgibbon, who shared a flat with Pulham at the time he painted this work, we know a great deal about it. Pulham wanted to paint animal skulls and after much trial and error, a horse’s head was deemed perfect. He purchased a horse’s head from the butcher and proceeded to soak, wash and scrub it. The head appeared in many paintings, however, few remain as his studio was bombed in 1941. It is believed that this work survived because it was being shown at an exhibition of firemen’s paintings at Burlington House at the time.

Updated before 2020

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Peter Rose Pulham

Peter Rose Pulham