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Portrait of a Stallion Northern India (Rajasthan, Ajmer area), mid 19th century Opaque watercolor, silver and gold on paper Overall: 11 1/8 x 8 in. (28.3 x 20.3 cm) Brooklyn Museum Collection, 38.17

Some participants were asked to respond to this painting. Here are their responses:

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • abstract
  • adorned
  • battle
  • beach
  • beautiful
  • black
  • boring
  • bright
  • color
  • colorful
  • confident
  • contrast
  • decoration
  • decorative
  • depth
  • detailed
  • dramatic
  • dream
  • elegant
  • fancy
  • flat
  • frightening
  • fringe
  • funky
  • genitals
  • grand
  • grate
  • hate to think graphic images are working better
  • horse
  • horsey
  • majestic
  • noble
  • performance
  • pony
  • pony!
  • poster
  • power
  • powerful 
  • prance
  • pretty
  • pride
  • prized
  • proportion
  • proud
  • regal
  • rider?
  • royal
  • royalty
  • saddle
  • sand
  • scenery
  • stallion
  • stately
  • stature
  • striking
  • stripes
  • strong
  • subtle
  • tassles
  • tight
  • trotting horse
  • unicorn
  • use of color
  • war
  • water
  • yellow
  • yes

Enter a word that describes the subject or mood of this painting:

  • adorned horse
  • adventurous
  • arabian horse
  • balance
  • beautiful horse
  • beauty
  • boring
  • calm
  • charmin
  • class
  • colorful
  • composition
  • contrast
  • dancing horse
  • dark
  • decorative
  • detailed
  • divine
  • drama
  • dynamic
  • elegant
  • equine
  • exquisite
  • fancy
  • flat
  • fun
  • glowing
  • good
  • graceful
  • graphic
  • heroic
  • historic
  • horse
  • horse decoration
  • hung
  • light
  • magisterial
  • majestic
  • military
  • nice
  • noble
  • pageantry
  • parade pony
  • patriot
  • poised
  • portrait
  • potent
  • power
  • power and status
  • powerful
  • powerful, majestic, charming...
  • prancing
  • prancing horse
  • pride
  • proud
  • proudness
  • regal
  • regal horse
  • royal
  • sassy
  • sea
  • showcase
  • showy
  • simple
  • solitude!
  • spiffy
  • splendid
  • staged
  • stallion
  • stately
  • statuesque
  • stoic
  • strength
  • strideful
  • strong
  • trappings
  • vibrant
  • yellow

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • beige
  • black
  • gold
  • mustard
  • ochre
  • pink
  • yello
  • yello gold
  • yellow
  • yellow green
  • 2

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 1 horse
  • I'm on a horse
  • one
  • two
  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 18

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • A decorated horse on the shore.
  • A horse has escaped and is trotting by the ocean
  • Impressive
  • A portrait of a horse owned by someone of importance.
  • An elegant looking horse in a painting lacking severe perspective
  • Black stallion!
  • Gallopping horse
  • Horse with decorative livery
  • It looks like a detailed visual "description" of a powerful horse for a King or military ruler.
  • Horse on beach.
  • This is a gallant horse gaily festooned and hungry for battle.
  • Decorated horse on the beach
  • A richly garbed horse with a tasseled mane trots above the grass.
  • A horse fully saddled and bridled, with ribbons in its hair.
  • Nice
  • A regal horse saddled and ready to ride.
  • This is a horse that must belong to someone of importance.
  • This is an image of a well bred horse, possible a horse used in battle - it is beautifully decorated.
  • A richly outfitted marbled horse stands in the foreground against brilliant yellow sands.
  • A fully-attired horse waits for a rider
  • This is a portrait of an Asian war horse.
  • Proud decorated horse.
  • Boastful pride.
  • A black and white horse in fine regalia on a beach, ocean in the background.
  • The portrait of a favorite horse of a royal/noble owner
  • Big balls
  • Warrior horse.
  • One amazing horse walks around on the beach, very happy to have lost his rider a ways back.
  • A horse dressed in regalia.
  • A fine charger, bedecked for war, is portrayed in full canter.
  • Black and white horse is trapped in yellow square.
  • Horse by the sea
  • A horse in decorative riding gear trots along a beach.
  • Awesome horse.
  • A decorated horse on the beach
  • Bright, detailed and beautiful
  • A profile portrait of a favorite steed
  • A beautiful portrait of a highly decorated and apparently much loved horse.
  • A war horse ready for battle
  • A royal horse.
  • Solitude
  • What is the meaning of a riderless horse painted against a background of sand near the seaside?
  • Prized stallion dressed for parade or battle.
  • A black stallion, richly decorated, poses on a beach.
  • The horse's rider has drowned.
  • The royal ride.
  • A beautiful horse
  • A wonderfully decorative rendering of a horse that has been lovingly dressed out by its owner and at the same time, the majesty of the horse is preserved by not showing the humans.
  • Decorated horse
  • A horse on the beach
  • Great pictures of horse....love the repeat of motif,etc. favorite of what I've seen so far!
  • Portrait of a horse of a rich person.
  • A horse stands by the sea, revealing his luxurious trappings.
  • Military horse without a rider on the beach.
  • This is a highly decorated horse in an ambiguous background.
  • The King's horse
  • Triumphant horse.
  • Saddled horse
  • A proud and vain, galloping horse.
  • A profile of an embellished horse on gold background galloping.
  • Large horse, sandy earth, decorated mane, sea in the background.
  • Battle horse.
  • Image of a horse, possibly to show a typical style of ornamental saddle etc of the time.
  • Horse ready for battle
  • Elaborately caparisoned stallion in a plain landscape
  • Beautiful horse
  • A horse in full finery.
  • Beach horse
  • With the almost non-existent background I have to assume there is something special about the horse or the way the horse is attired.
  • A beautiful steed awaits the parade
  • Horse walking on the beach with elegant attire
  • Stately horse
  • The horse color
  • Poser horse :D
  • A beautiful riderless black and white (piebald) horse on the sea shore prances as if showing off its beautiful bridal and saddle
  • A horse on a beach.
  • A fancy horse on display.
  • Hjjkh
  • Damn fine horse (and he knows it!)
  • Gorgeous horse
  • The beautiful horse of a high ranking person
  • Magnificent horseon full of life
  • A beautiful horse .. fit for a king
  • Horse ready for a pagent
  • Fancy arabian breed stallion, expensively caparisioned, with on the beach or on the waterfront
  • There is a decorated horse with a yellow background
  • A view of a decorated, colorful horse at a beach with sand underfoot and water in the distance
  • A smart stallion with rich caparison trots, sans rider.
  • Horse on a beach
  • Horse
  • Horse on plain background
  • Colourful
  • THE piebald horse
  • Horse without rider.
  • Here is a detailed painting of a fancy horse.
  • Horse decked for parade
  • Black and white horse with elaborate saddle and reins.
  • A fine stallion and a field of yellow.
  • Is this a black horse with white or a white horse with black?
  • A horse awaits a rider on the beach.
  • A horse on the shore.
  • Riderless horse. All dressed up with nowhere to go? By the sea.
  • Pretty Horse.
  • Pretty pony standing proud.
  • Depiction of a war horse in his regalia.
  • Horses on a beach
  • The horse gazes out to sea, knowing more than we think.
  • The horse in this picture is decorated with colored tassels and a fancy saddle, indicating the wealth of the owner.
  • The empty range of a male horse ready for a gallop adorned in full atire.
  • This is a horse dressed regally on the beach.
  • Raja's horse
  • An ornate horse prances across the sand
  • A ceremonial stallion with fancy saddle and tassled mane canters against a mustard background; above him, a wavy blue sky.
  • Clean
  • Horse is trying to run
  • Powerful colours
  • Relativly dull, not much happening at all
  • Verry good
  • Wonderful color
  • A very fine horse outfitted for a ceremonial function. Maybe the steed of a famous fallen warrior.
  • Horse
  • A black and white horse with an ornate saddle and headgear is prancing along a road.
  • Painted horse
  • A horse in front of a body of water with a saddle, festooned with tassels on its back
  • Gaily caparisoned stallion, very proud of itself
  • Even in India they like male pinto horses.
  • a real stallion
  • Horse walking on a beach
  • Majestic
  • A riderless horse by the sea [or a river]
  • A cartooned horse, possible symbolizing masculinity with an simple background
  • Beaultiful
  • Horse with yellow background
  • The horse awaits his rider.
  • This is a black and white horse wearing riding gear and prancing on a beach.
  • Gallant Horse traveling through space and time.
  • Intriguing use of perspective
  • The horse is traveling without a human rider.
  • Dressage
  • A black and white horse trots while wearing regalia.
  • Beautiful and proud
  • A palace horse dressed for a special event.
  • A decorated horse walks on the sand.
  • Carrying an almost medieval-esque style, the painting is simple in that it only depicts a horse, but beautiful nonetheless.
  • A prince's horse?
  • Horse on a yellow background
  • Royalty
  • Errr a horse with blue genitals?....
  • The royal horse has lost his rider.
  • Riderless horse by the water.
  • Pomp and circumstance...equine style.
  • A horse prances princely.
  • A horse prances in full regalia.
  • An emperor's stallion seen at the seaside.
  • This painting is a celebration of a prized stallion, depicted in a highly ornamental and grandly, stylized manner.
  • A beatiful stallion waits for his master.
  • A decorated horse perhaps the owner is royalty
  • Well balanced
  • Painted horse

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