Holding on for dear life

Rodeo is a competitive mismatch of size and explosive power among animals. Notice how the backward, arched contours of the bull rider’s pelvis, legs, and spine describe action, set in motion by the force of the bull’s forward charge. The painting’s power is in the effectiveness of the “kinetic chain’s” description, that energ- transfer from the explosive thrust of the animal’s hind legs through its body to the rider’s, here arrested for our safe appreciation.

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