Marino Marini was born in Pistoia in 1901. Since 1917 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. In 1928 he traveled to Paris for the first time. From 1929 to 1940 he taught at Villa Reale in Monza. In the following years he travelled a lot to Paris, England, Greece and Germany. He was in contact with many artists, like Giorgio Chirico, Wassily Kandinsky, Aristide Maillol, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Henri Laurens. In 1940 Marini moved to Milan and taught at the Accademia di Brera. Between 1941 to 1946 he spent the time in Switzerland. There he got to know to Alberto Giacometti and Fritz Wotruba. He returned to Milan in 1946. Marini was part of a lot of exhibitions. The artist died in Viareggio in 1980. Marino Marini is mainly known for his sculptures which deals with the topic horses and riders He himself, when asked about the reason of his motif, explained it from his biography: His studio at Monza, where he lived in the 1930ies, was situated next to a large horse-stable, where he had no choice to study horses and riders. Marini also made a lot of lithographs with similar topic. He usually created cycles with a certain motif that he changed in color.