An original, hand-printed, hand-painted letterpress print—this is not a reproduction! This piece is part of the “Hold Your Horses” series, which depicts a variety of iconic horse breeds. (You can read more about the project on the blog.) There are 12 different designs in the series; you can find them all here.
This print depicts a white Lipizzaner horse. The Lipizzaner, first bred in the 16th Century, is the breed most often used by the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The highly-trained Lipizzaner is used in public performances to demonstrate dressage and other riding techniques. The iconic “white” horses are actually grays—born black or dark gray, their coats fade in color as they age. By the time the horses reach ten years of age, they are almost totally white. In this print, the horse is shown performing the “levade,” a difficult movement where the horse stands on its hind legs at a 30-degree angle. Depicted behind the horse is another Austrian icon: the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.
This artwork was letterpress printed by hand on an antique Vandercook No. 4 press, on 100% rag (cotton) paper. Each print in the edition was then painstakingly hand-painted with watercolor. Each print is numbered, signed and dated.
Edition of 57 prints
Print size: 5 x 6 inches (12.7 x 15.2 cm)
This piece was printed in a limited edition, so once the edition sells out, it will not be reprinted. So snag your copy while you can!
This original artwork is copyright Chandler O’Leary 2012. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this print. The buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.
This print is packaged in a clear poly sleeve and will ship flat in a protective mailer via United States Postal Service. WA state residents are subject to sales tax.