The first groups made by Marini were quiet and dignified. When Picasso required to Guernica's horse to howl against the war, Marini understood and followed. After the first kicks, the balance between his horses and their riders became precarious and even impossible.
The horse is expelled from the post-war world by the car, with no hope for a return. Marini is horrified by his visit to New York in 1950. His version of the Cavaliere realized in 1951 is a prophecy of the fall of the modern world into a universal catastrophe similar as Sodom and Pompeii.
This group 1.22 m high is spectacular and tragic. The horse seems strong by his steady position on his four legs but he is screaming like in Guernica. The rider has lost any control. He is leaning backwards in stiffness and his arms are raised in a derisory gesture.
A Cavaliere in chiseled bronze with a brown and gray patina cast before 1953 by Battaglia in Milan is estimated $ 4M for sale by Christie's in New York on November 16, lot 4 B. Another copy with a brown and gold patina was sold for £ 4.5M including premium by Christie's on October 14, 2010.
SOLD for $ 4.45M including premium