The Three Horses by Xu Beihong (Non-Western Part 1)

22 Apr

Xu Beihong's The Three Horses

The Three Horses by Xu Beihong was done in watercolor.  Beihong was normally an ink painter so the fact that he used this material makes the painting exceptional.  The subject matter of three running horses was a rare one.  Similar to his other compositions, the painting consists of a black horse, a white horse and a young mare, galloping through a pasture.  Although the piece is undated, it is believed that it was created around 1930.  The “wetness” from the watercolor brings out the energy of the horses and the lush grass. The infinite backbround adds depth and preception to the painting.  His son was born a couple years before this was painted and it is not suprising that this painting presents a familt of three horses.  This was created at a time of great joy and success for Xu.  The work refects enthusiasm and ambition, so that viewers feel a sense of harmony and warmth in the painting.  This piece was kept in Huang Junbi’s, a well known artist, collection.  I chose this painting because I find it to be very beautiful and has a feeling of happiness.

Works Cited

Beihong, Xu. The Three Horses. 1930. National Palace Museum, Taipei. China the Beautiful. Web. 22 Apr. 2011. <http://www.chinapage.com/painting/beihong/beihong03.html&gt;.

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4 Responses to “The Three Horses by Xu Beihong (Non-Western Part 1)”

  1. jenmshort April 24, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    I really like this painting. It is really neat to how you can almost see the horses galloping in the pasture. You did a great job on your post in covering all the important parts of the painting. Great job and thank you for your insight.

  2. aeroland April 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    What a neat painting by a chinese artist. I am so used to seeing landscapes by chinese artists and it refreshing to see something else for once. I completely agree with you that the watercolors make the painting look more realistic and give the horses and field a sense of movement.

    just a little reminder – don’t forget to italicize the title of the painting in your write up

  3. iampetjack April 26, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    This painting is interesting. Similarly to aeroland I found it different for a Chinese artist to do a horse painting. I like what you said about the wetness of the painting give it energy.

    A side note: Someone once told me that there is no such thing as a white horse. Only grey.

    Great post though! Thanks for the post!

  4. Stephanie April 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Great choice of painting!
    I completely agree with you about the painting reflecting happiness and joy. The way he painted it definitely made it bring out a sense of freedom and a care-free moment of the horses.
    I also love that it was done in watercolor. It gives the painting that extra “something more” that he probably wouldn’t have done as well with just ink.
    Again, great choice and great job on your description and reaction.

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