Friday, 31 January 2014

A horse for your new year


This a famous painting called Scholars collating texts by Yan Liben#yanliben  or a student of his and its probably a copy of a copy. Now many art text books focus on the centre images of the scholars and discuss his fine brush work and portraiture.

However scholars are not the only interesting figures in this work.

Take a look at the left of the scroll and now this close up.


I love this detail of the #horse looking out at us as if enjoying the attention of the viewers and every time I see it find myself wondering if Yan Liben based his painting of sketches and if one day sketching a horse found the horse had turned its  head to look back at him. Enjoy and a Happy Asian #Newyear to everyone!