Xu Beihong's "Galloping Horse" auctioned for 17 mln yuan

14:21, November 17, 2010      

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Famous Chinese painter Xu Beihong's "Galloping Horse" painting. (photo: Guangzhou Daily)

Famous Chinese painter Xu Beihong's "Galloping Horse" painting, which had a starting price of 5 million yuan, was finally auctioned for 17 million yuan after several rounds of bidding. It received the highest bid out of about 600 contemporary painting and calligraphy auction items during the autumn art works auction hosted by Beijing Rongbao Auction Company in the Beijing-based Asia Hotel on Nov. 13.

"Galloping Horse" was painted in early winter of 1948, during which the PLA initiated the three major battles during China's civil war, and Fu Zuoyi, who was in command of the KMT garrison in Beijing, agreed to the CPC's proposal for the peaceful liberation of Beijing.

Xu Beihong, Wu Zuoren, Ai Zhongxin and Dong Xiwen initiated the establishment of the 127 Arts Society to welcome the historical moment of Beijing's peaceful liberation. Xu painted the "Galloping Horse" and presented it to Deng Shusheng who was then a reporter at Xinhua News Agency in Beijing and later became a noted historian and China's best expert on the history of the United States.

The strokes of the well-structured painting are unrestrained. Xu fully combined the simplicity and conciseness of China's traditional freestyle paintings with the light and shadow of Western paintings, so the horse's body appears to be sturdy and well-rounded. Its running motion shows a tremendous momentum, making the observer feel refreshed.

Like the shrimp paintings by another famous contemporary painter Qi Baishi, Xu's horse paintings have an outstanding status among China's contemporary art treasures.

By People's Daily Online


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