Warriors on Horses Painting
This is one of my absolute favorite pieces. Typical of the artist, Luzon's most well known style involved heavily impasto'ed horse silhouettes. The deep and wide ranging blues are striking. Various splotches of black are speckled about to add a lovely noise to the piece. The canvas is 36" square with a narrow solid walnut (not veneered) and brass accented frame, signed "Luzon" in the lower left corner. I'm guessing since I found it in SF, that it was likely purchased in the 1960s from the Arts International gallery on 366 Geary St. San Francisco who was known to carry his paintings. There are receipts floating around the web of other Luzon pieces bought from this store.
The two abstract horses share one of their front legs, upon each sits a warrior, ready for battle, swords drawn. They appear to be wearing some sort of toga which makes sense as Luzon was known to be in love with archeology and in particular, Greece. To me, it depicts a twilight scene with the two faceless warriors strategizing about a sneak attack on a moonless night. The strength exhibited by their silhouettes is immense.
I can safely say that this is the most beloved and talked about piece in our house anytime we have a guest come over. The size of the piece along with its vivid color and imagery stand out. It must be seen in person though, while it looks nice in pictures, they certainly do not do it justice.