The dignity and importance of a fine steed is well portrayed here. Contrary
to the Persian mode of depicting animals which is purely linear and
descriptive in character, the animal is portrayed here as an 'individual'
with emphasis on physiognomy. This painting shows minimum action but then it
is not action but technical finesse and refined workmanship in a more
restrained manner that makes this picture valuable.
The isolated figure dominates the composition. A stiff depiction of the neck
and firm and bold curves of the back betray some rigidity in the drawing,
but is greatly relieved by the anatomical correctness of the pose. There is
deep shading and heavy modeling employed to highlight the contours and
various parts of the body. The artist makes minute distinctions in the
texture and patterning of the different parts and is detailed and precise in
observation. The lines have swift vitality and independent rhythms. The
artist has accurately described visual traits and pleasingly balanced the
various elements of the work. Attention is paid to the use of pigments that
reflect the actual color of the subject.
A subdued background throws up the animal figure in relief. In the treatment
of the background, a natural representation of distance is attempted with
This description by Renu Rana.
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