“…and no one can talk to a horse of course, that is of course, unless the horse, is the famous Mr. Ed!”. (Enough of that happy trail).
According to the latest CNN News, Prince Karim, the Aga Khan IV, has just unveiled the wondrous makeover (worth US$3.3 million) of the Museum of the Horse, at the Grand Stables of Chantilly, in northern France. Previously built by an 18th Century French Prince, Louis-Henri de Bourbon, the Grand Stables was meant to be a monument to the Prince who was convinced that after his death he would be reincarnated as a horse and therefore wished to be stabled there.
The 180m long stables, built in 1719 are home to a famous collection of equine artworks and the rarest ponies on the planet. The collection consists of hundreds of paintings, sculptures, and curios, depicting everything from mythical horses to racing thoroughbreds. His Highness, Prince Karim announced that; “It will be one of the few museums in the world totally dedicated to the horse, in all aspects of life.”
Now, the horse portrait featured here is not from this collection, but from a special private collection; for this horse was painted by my grandmother. Let me know if you also like this. I might add, if the Aga Khan wants to include this painting to his collection, he will need to do some hard bargaining, but I can assure you the answer will be “Neigh!”
P.S. I dedicate this Post to Wilbur.
“Is It Art?”