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To have a freedom is to have unrestricted independence over a situation or decision A perfect example of which is the freedom of choice which all living things have Alex Colvilles painting Horse and Train provokes a sense of wonder in the viewer by leaving them guessing what the outcome of this scene will be In this scene the horse is free to change direction the engineer to engage brakes National 2000 Alex Colvilles Horse and Train symbolizes ones freedom to make choices Alex Colville was born in Toronto in 1920 and grew up in Amherst Nova Scotia where his family moved in 1929 National 2000 His main influence in painting came after university when he became a war artist He was sent to such places as the the liberated Belsen concentration camp National Film 1983 where he painted such soldiers and the deceased Painting in such environments would bring out emotions and thoughts relating to such issues as life death peace and war The theory of life and death can be seen quite apparently in Colvilles Horse and Train Many questions regarding life and death are brought up by viewing this painting Why is this horse running straight at the train Is it memorized by the light Is it challenging a foe Is it aware of the terrible danger If not can the engineer stop the train in time National 2000 By interpreting the horses thoughts one can realize that the horse is contemplating a serious decision between life and death The horse in a way is raging against the machine Its war is not against the train itself but the idea of the industrial revolution in general The horse is depicted as being black well-muscled and confident In the past the horses uses were infinite It was the main mode of transportation it tilled the farmers fields and it was utilized in war After the Industrial Revolution the horse was forced to succumb
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