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An image of Galloping horse by XU Beihong

XU Beihong

(China 1895 – 1953)

Galloping horse
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
hanging scroll; ink and light colour on paper

61.0 x 49.5 cm

Signature & date
Singed and dated, l.r. in Chinese, inscribed in black ink, 'Beihong, the year of Jiashen (1944)'. Singed l.r. in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Xu” [artist's seal], round relief.
Purchased 1988
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Few modern Chinese artists have achieved such renown as Xu Beihong. Famed not only for his prodigious output but also for his gregarious styles, he worked in the European manner in oils, infusing his Chinese brushwork with moments of the Western aesthetic of definition through light and shade. He became immensely popular and widely known with his series of ink paintings of ebullient horses, of which this is a prime example. The painting is dated to the 'jiashen' year (1944).

After an unusually international life, Xu Beihong finally settled in Beijing in 1946 as principal of the Beijing College of the Arts and then from 1949 as head of the Central Academy. A memorial museum, devoted to Xu's life and work is located in Beijing.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.171.

Bibliography (3)

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Chinese Painting', pg. 42-52, Sydney, 1990, 51 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Sydney, 2003, 171 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Chinese Painting, 'Xu Beihong', Sydney, 1985, 14 (illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Contemporary Chinese Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 May 1985–30 Jun 1985

Chinese Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Nov 1991–27 Jan 1992

Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995