Muse on Pegasus. Odilon Redon. 1900. Black Pegasus. Odilon Redon. 1909. Private Collection.
A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
Eugene Ionesco (1909-94), French dramatist
Pegasus was a horse-god, the son of Poseidon and the Medusa. Athena (goddess of wisdom, war, the arts, and justice) captured him with a golden bridle and presented him to the Muses who put him in service to the poet. According to Greek myth, under his hooves the water of the Muses (inspiration) flows.
In addition to Black Pegasus I (1909) and Muse on Pegasus (1900), there are numerous other versions of the mythic horse-god, including: Pegasus Captured (1889), Pegasus (1894), White Pegasus (1900), Pegasus Triumphant alternately known as Pegasus and the Hydra (1907), and Black Pegasus II (1914).