28 May 2010
XU BEIHONG (1895-1953)
A Standing Horse
Scroll, mounted and framed, ink on paper
112 x 39 cm. (44 x 15 1/4 in.) ??
Inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist
Dedicated to Fuchu
Dated winter, twenty-sixth year (of the Republic, 1937)
The inscription on this painting comes from a poem from the famous poet Du Fu, and expresses grief over the desolation of the country. Xu depicted this horse during the start of the Sino-Japanese War. Xu's motto was 'to contribute all I have to the nation and fulfill my every duty as a citizen'.
With his paintings, Xu not only educated those outside China about Chinese art by sending his paintings across Asia for exhibitions, but he also donated all proceeds from their sales to help people whose lives were destroyed by the war, or to families whose breadwinners were killed in action.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Tel: +852 2521 5396
Explore the 360 view of our Rockefeller Center galleries and discover the richly varied art of a vast continent
Chinese paintings specialist Dr. Malcolm McNeill is your guide to this historic art form, which is highly valued as an outward expression of the artist’s psychology
Specialist Elizabeth Hammer on why age-old themes, materials and techniques continue to flourish among artists and collectors
With the auction of nine drawings in Paris, we look at the life of the last painter of the Grand Style, revered during his lifetime as France’s greatest artist
Allan and Mei Warburg’s Donum Estate vineyard in California is home to a sculpture collection as rich and complex as its Pinot Noirs