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Horse under a tree
Hanging scroll, ink on paper
118 x 43 cm
Not only was the horse painter Zhang Mu acclaimed in his native Guangdong region, but he is also awarded high recognition in the mainstream of the history of Chinese painting. Keeping his own stable, he observed his horses closely in order to capture their distinctive characteristics and spirit. In this painting, Horse under a tree, in which a vertical composition is adopted, the horse is portrayed with slender and refined brushstrokes, while the fine definition of the skeleton and the subtle tonal gradation of the horse’s coat give a quality of anatomical accuracy. This realistic approach follows the painting tradition developed by famous horse painters such as Han Gan of the Tang dynasty and Li Gonglin of the Northern Song dynasty.
—Collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art