Homage to Beethoven
RICHARDS, Ceri Giraldus (1903 - 1971)
[image: Homage to Beethoven]
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 127.3 x 102.4 cm
Acquired: 1956; Gift; Contemporary Art Society
Accession Number: NMW A 591
Richards was deeply affected by the death of Dylan Thomas in 1953 and produced a series of works in homage to the dead poet. This allegorical composition celebrates another of the artist's heroes, Ludwig van Beethoven. It juxtaposes two favourite themes. One of these is a musing woman, turning from a piano and a French horn to a sheet of music. The other is a pair of energetic galloping horses, ultimately derived from The Lion Hunt by the French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863).