One Hundred Horses was drawn by Lang Shining during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Lang was a Jesuit, he was born in Italy in 1688 with birth name Giuseppe Castiglione.

In 1715, at the age of 27, Castiglione received instructions to go to China. Working as a
court painter in China for over 50 years, his talent in painting was regarded highly by
Chinese emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong. He helped to create a hybrid style
that combined the Western realism with traditional Chinese composition and brushwork.
His paintings were done with Chinese materials but often incorporate Western techniques
of shading and atmosphere perspective.

Lang was skilled at painting horses, and
One Hundred Horses is one of his representative
works. This paper painting, 813 cm long and 102 cm wide, captures 100 horses in various
postures. They are kneeling, standing, eating and running on the grassland – staying alone
and among groups. The artwork is now preserved in the National Palace Museum in
Taipei.
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