Highlight: Hundred Horses Depiction
Giuseppe's "Hundred Horses" depiction recorded one of the superior moments he experienced in his court life. This piece was completed in 1728, and depicts a total of 100 horses, with different postures, whether standing, running, kneeling, or lying down. Controlling the entire herd, this portrait embodies a harmonious relationship between man and the rest of nature. In terms of expression techniques, Giuseppe fully demonstrated the characteristics of European chiaroscuro painting methods. The horses have a very strong three-dimensional sense, and the brushwork is delicate, focusing on the expression of animal fur texture.
Horses are one of the traditional animals depicted by Chinese painters in the past dynasties. There have been many master horse painters in the history of painting, and Giuseppe's horse painting is unique. Before coming to China, he systematically studied painting and laid a solid foundation for sketching. And after arriving in China, he came into contact with traditional Chinese painting, and the influence of Eastern and Western art provided him with good conditions for creating a new style of painting.
Therefore, in terms of painting skills, Giuseppe created a new painting method that is different from traditional Chinese painting. He used Chinese brushes, paper silk, and colors, but he was able to use European painting methods to focus on the anatomical structure, volume and fur texture of horses, so that the horse images in his brushes were accuracy in shape, proper proportion, concave and convex, three-dimensional, and not like The ancient Chinese painters used the method of drawing the outline of the object with the continuous and vigorous lines. He uses fine short lines and sketches to describe the shape of the horse, the folds of the fur, and the protruding blood vessels and tendons under the fur. Or use the depth of color to express the concave and convex muscles of the horse, which is completely different from the image of horses in traditional Chinese paintings.