This is a fun 96 piece wooden jigsaw puzzle with many decorative whimsy puzzle pieces (click on the small image below the big image above to see an example puzzle piece). The image was painted by the German expressionist Franz Marc in 1912. The puzzle pieces were designed by Seattle artist Maria Berg. This puzzle has a straight edge. All our puzzles are 1/4" thick wood and laser-cut. Made in USA. Packaged in a small box with a magnetic clasp.
Review: Beautiful starter puzzle - gratifying and not too challenging.
Review: I'm also a Mary Oliver fan, but not familiar with that poem--will have to look it up. It makes me like this picture even more, and thus this puzzle. What appealed on a visceral level was the bright colors, and the pony's apparent joy in life. The pieces were a joy to work with, the multiple times I've worked it. I like complex pieces, and this puzzle has enough of them! One reason for doing puzzles is to empty my brain of everything else, which I suspect is one definition of medition, contemplation and prayer.
Name: Michael Fox
Review: Thank you to reviewer Sylvia for making the connection with Mary Oliver's poem. I was unaware of that piece of the puzzle. This puzzle is enjoyable and a bargain at the price. I love the style and the texture and the colors. It's another of the Artifact puzzles that makes for a nice companion in times of contemplation and prayer.
Name: Sylvia Hernandez
Review: This was the first puzzle I worked. I was drawn to it by my familiarity with the poem "Blue Horses" by Mary Oliver. The artist Franz Marc, died a young man, shrapnel in his brain, is trying to tell the blue horses the horrors of war; but the little horse seems to be enjoying life and the whimsical piece in front of his mouth is suggestive of a bunch of hay that he is teasing happily into his mouth, unaware of war's terror and destruction. A delightful introduction into wooden puzzle land. It would be poignant to have a copy of the poem accompany the puzzle.
Review: Cute! About an hour for me. Ingenious pieces.