Les Chevaux: Rare P Buckley Moss Art Print

“Les Chevaux”


Les Chevaux is a rare/sold out, limited edition print that was issued in 1984 depicting five horses in a typical Moss landscape.  Translated from the French, Les Chevaux, literally means “The Horses.”  Horses have been the partners of mankind since the earliest of times, even before spoken language as evidenced by the paintings in caves at Chauvet and also those at Lascaux.  The paintings at Chauvin-Pont-d’Arcy Cave in the Ardèche in the southern part of France are around 30,000 years old and those at Lascaux (France) are approximately 16,000 years old.

The five horses are painted with a wonderful technique that lends itself to art transparency.  The background is laid down first and the horses are then painted on the surface.  This transparency indicates that the horses have a connection to the earth and a spiritual presence and power in a visual symbolic way.  This is not a realistic representation of the horse, but rather a very stylized, modernist version.  The horses are composed from fluid line work and liquid color, both characteristics of Moss’ imagery.

The landscape behind the horses play an equally important part in the image as it is created from Moss’ classic Z-shaped brushstrokes that are used to create multiple horizon lines.  The use of the “Grand-Z” as it is known, is used to make it difficult to tell where earth and sky separate, and at points become one, creating a harmony within the landscape.

Les Chevaux, P. Buckley Moss. Issued in 1984

Image Size: 16 x 22-1/4 ins. Paper Size: 18 x 24-1/2 ins.   Edition: 1,000 and 25 artist’s proofs  RARE PRINT

Original Art – P Buckley Moss Horse Watercolor Paintings


The horse is a symbolic image that has been incorporated in the works of many artists throughout the history of art. Contemporary artists like P. Buckley Moss are no exception. Moss has long included the image of the horse as part of her visual repertoire and iconography.


In art the horse represents nobility, grace and strength. In ancient times, it was often a symbol for the spoils of war and it was viewed as a mystical or spiritual being. An entire month of the Chinese Zodiac is dedicated to the horse with characteristics of chivalry, practicality, love, devotion and stability. The Celtic people saw the horse as a symbol of fertility, victory, long life and wealth. The Romans attributed the qualities of power and honor to the horse.

Moss’ horses represent a spirit of freedom characterized by flaring nostrils and flowing manes. Most of her horses are painted as individuals in a full frontal position looking eye to eye at the observer.



The horse depicted is painted in a modernist style and not the realistic depictions that many assume is the style-mark of art. This image is characterized by Moss’ line work producing a very organic looking image.  The lines appear as branches working throughout the image.  The golden color represents spiritual wealth and abundance.

Gentle Soul: P Buckley Moss Limited Edition Art Print

Describes both the artist and her work

“Gentle Soul”



Gentle Soul is a portrait of one of Pat’s golden-hued horses looking quite quizzically at the observer, becoming the human presence in the image. The horse in Pat’s art is an important and easily recognizable form of iconography. Iconography is generally defined as the “subject” of the work of art. In the history of art the horse has been used as a symbol for thousands of years.  The horse is known to symbolize human sensuality, nobility, strength, and grace. For Moss, the horse specifically symbolizes a freedom of spirit characterized by the long flowing mane and flaring nostrils.

It is not only the horse that is part of Moss symbolism, the blue reflecting pond behind the horse is also symbolic representing the depth of the human soul. The mountain that rises up in the landscape creates depth and the trees lining the horizon are compositional elements used to break up the planes of space that appear throughout the image.  Moss’ style, known as the Valley Style, often contains these images of landscapes.  The style was named for the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia where Moss raised her family and became the well-known artist she is today.


Gentle Soul   Issued in 2004.

Image Size: 37 x 23 ins. Paper Size: 39 x 25 ins.  Edition: 500 and 25 artist’s proofs

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The Suncatcher: P Buckley Moss Limited Edition Print




The painting, Suncatcher, hung in the artist’s Waynesboro, Virginia home for many years. The home, a renovated apple packing barn, has for many years been the location of quarterly signings by the artist at her residence. The original watercolor is a very large painting, but when printed in 2010 was printed in three sizes as a giclée.


As with most Moss art, Suncatcher is replete with symbolism.  The golden landscape defined by the “Grand-Z” the z-shaped brushstrokes that are part of Moss’ trademark style, create multiple horizon lines.  Parts of the paper are left without pigment, referred to as negative space, is used to create the light within the image.  The golden hues are symbolic of spiritual wealth or abundance.  The church visible on the far horizon is a symbol of faith; the barn is a symbol of a traditional lifestyle and indicates the human element that is simply insinuated by the presence of the buildings. 

Issued in 2010. Giclée on paper.

The Suncatcher giclee is available in three sizes.
Small:  Image Size: 18 x 12 inches
Medium:  Image Size: 36 x 24 inches
Large:  Image Size: 60 x 39-7/8 inches

For additional information about this print and other horses by P Buckley Moss, please follow this link.


P Buckley Moss Still Life Watercolors

Painted by the artist’s own hand, this P Buckley Mos Original is a watercolor which, when purchased, can be named by the new owner and registered with the P Buckley Moss Portfolio.

Even today, the still life is not an image that Moss paints routinely and one with fruit is even more unusual.  This very Picasso-esque original demonstrates the influence of the modern masters on this very contemporary artist.  The flat geometric shapes that make up both the fruit and fruit bowl are very typical of Cubist imagery which used geometric forms to create images of natural shapes and planes.  Cubism was created by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in the early 20th century and remains an influence on many artists today.


Using a muted color pallet, Moss creates a subtle image defined by shapes and lines.  This very small original watercolor is a true miniature; a tiny treasure for any collection.

Untitled – Still life with Fruit     Original Watercolor    P Buckley Moss