paper 224 g/m2
White wooden frame, Plexiglass
55 1/8 x 83 1/8 in.
57 1/2 x 85 3/8 in. framed
papier Canson 224 g/m2
Encadrement bois blanc, Plexiglas
140 x 211 cm
146 x 217 cm encadré
Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another: and there was given to him a great sword.
The opening of the second seal in the vision of Saint John is accompanied by the appearance of a rider with a fiery red mount who causes war, which in turn engenders famine and sickness. This is the civil war that follows the war of conquest embodied by the first horseman, as suggested by the text in the Book of Revelation evoking the loss of peace on earth as men turn on and kill one another.
The horse is represented here with a harness on, lying on its side on the parquet of a bourgeois apartment with refined furniture and gutted facades affording a view of a city destroyed by recent fire.
Jean Bedez has chosen to locate this representation in a town of the Middle East, and more specifically in Libya , a land constantly torn apart by civil war since the death of its dictator. The game of chess shown in the drawing recalls the political endgames of the powerful, who drive their people to mutual destruction. The attributes of the horseman are found elsewhere in the drawing: for example, the two sabres that appear in the artist’s signature refer to the great sword seen in the vision. The actual sword here is the one worn by Napoleon at Austerlitz. It is a historical symbol of a battle associated, even today, with exemplary military strategy and communication.