XU BEIHONG (1895-1953)
Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
72.8 x 112 cm. (28 5/8 x 44 1/8 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist
Dedicated to Menggui
Dated jiaxu year (1935)
One collector's seal
In 1934, Huang Menggui was a government official in Fujian Province. Because Some friends of his took part in a rebellion, Huang was forced to move to Nanjing under supervision by the Chinese Government. Xu Beihong often went to visit him. After Huang's release, Xu Beihong created this image of Horses Drinking and inscribed the dedication to Huang Menggui. In the painting, two horses are drinking water in a relaxed mood, but the other one remains on its guard. This is meant as a metaphor to indicate that even in a safe environments, one should always keep oneself alert.
Gu Feng Ge Collection including important paintings by Xu Beihong owned by Huang Manshi and Haung Menggui
Huang Shufen (ed.), Huang Manshi Jinian Wenji (Articles Selected in Memory of Mr. Huang Manshi), Nanyang Xuehui, Singapore, 1976, p.79. Huang Meiyi, "Xu Huang Er Jia - Ji Xu Beihong he Huang Menggui Huang Mengshi de Xiongdi Youyi" (The friendship between Xu Beihong and the Family), Dacheng, S. 119, Hong Kong September 1983, p. 7.