The third Chinese horse


Discussions of parietal art often make reference to the figure of the third Chinese Horse, which represents a total mastery of this form of graphic expression. The shapes are very naturalistically rendered. The work's uniqueness springs from, among other things, close observation of the hide, whose depiction shows an important development in both form and colours. The superimposition of the fields of colour, created from opposing shades of yellow and black, is to be pointed out; it confers on the various parts of the body a contouring that closely reproduces the coat's chromatic variations. The background is limited to two black lines.

© Ministère de la Culture/Centre National de la Préhistoire/Norbert Aujoulat

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