This work is one of the best examples of Gao Qifeng who was noted for painting animals. A scene of a white horse turning its head under an autumn tree with falling leaves and a colour-washed background, creates a romantic, poetic and dream-like visual impact. The tail, mane and eyes of the horse are exquisitely executed, capturing not only a transient moment of nature but also the spirit of the animal. The artist has successfully combined the poetry of Chinese painting, Japanese plein-air painting and Western techniques to develop a style that is uniquely his own.


  • Title: White horse
  • Date Created: 1889/1933
  • Theme: Horse
  • School: Lingnan School
  • Physical Dimensions: w94 x h174 cm
  • History of Acquisition: Acquired by the Museum in 1980
  • Founder of the Lingnan School of Painting: Gao Qifeng
  • Artist's Biography: Gao Qifeng (1889 – 1933), original name Weng, was a native of Panyu in Guangdong province. In his early years, he learnt painting with his elder brother Gao Jianfu (1879 – 1951) but in 1907 went to Japan to study under Tanaka Raisho (1868 – 1940). He is credited as one of the "Three Masters of the Lingnan School".
  • Type: Ink and colour on paper

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