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Li Gonglin (1049 - 1106)
Pasturing Horses
Ink, color on silk. 46 x 430 cm. (Palace Museum, Beijing).




Li Gonglin (1049 - 1106)
Pasturing Horses
Ink, color on silk. 46 x 430 cm. (Palace Museum, Beijing).




Five Tribute Horses
Li Gonglin
Ink on paper
29.3*225 cm
This painting divided into five sections from right to left depicts five famous steeds presented as tributes to the Chinese court from territories beyond China’s western frontiesrs. Each of the horses is led by a Chinese or a foreign groom at its right, followed by a description of its name, age, place of origin, dimensions and time of tribute. Li Gonglin’s horse painting is modeled on Han Gan’sstyle. the officials in charge of the royal stables once forbade him to draw horses there in the belief that drawing the horses would steal away their souls, particularly in view of his life-like depiction of the horses




Five Tribute Horses
Li Gonglin
Ink on paper
29.3*225 cm
This painting divided into five sections from right to left depicts five famous steeds presented as tributes to the Chinese court from territories beyond China’s western frontiesrs. Each of the horses is led by a Chinese or a foreign groom at its right, followed by a description of its name, age, place of origin, dimensions and time of tribute. Li Gonglin’s horse painting is modeled on Han Gan’sstyle. the officials in charge of the royal stables once forbade him to draw horses there in the belief that drawing the horses would steal away their souls, particularly in view of his life-like depiction of the horses




Li Gonglin (1049 - 1106)
Men with Horse.
Ink, color on paper. 126 x 39 cm. Sold $15,900 (2008).




Li Gonglin (李公麟, 1049–1106) was a Chinese painter, civil officer and archaeologist in the Northern Song Dynasty. His courtesy name is Boshi (伯时) and pseudonym LongmianJushi (Resident of Sleeping Dragon, 龙眠居士). Born into a scholarly home near what is modern day Lu'an City in Anhui, Li Gonglin passed the highest level of civil service examinations at twenty-one and became a civil officer. He was particularly famous for his painting of horses, and also noted for his Buddhism and Taoism religious painting, as well as portrait and landscape painting. His painting style was attributed to that of GuKaizhi (顾恺之) of the Eastern Jin Dynasty. Li Gonglin also made archaeological contributions in the areas of copperware and jade seal dated between the Xia Dynasty and the Zhou Dynasty.




 
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