Horse Painting is a recurring symbolic object in the BoJack Horseman series. It is first seen in Prickly-Muffin, in Season 1. It is revealed in Time's Arrow that the painting is a gift to BoJack from Beatrice Horseman, in Season 4.
Horse Painting depicts the side view of a teal-colored male horse holding a pink rose. The horse has a purple mane, pink muzzle, and is wearing a lavender collared shirt. The horse's eye is pink with a purple pupil. The horse is crying one single tear out of its left eye.
The horse is seen standing in front of a purple background.
In Prickly-Muffin, when Sarah Lynn throws a party in BoJack's house, the guests drill holes in the painting in the process tearing down a wall to make room for a cocaine booth/sex closet. BoJack asks if the art can be taken down from the walls first, but Sarah Lynn refuses to do so. BoJack then declares they had a good talk and he walks off.
In Time's Arrow, Beatrice is telling Henrietta, seen at the beginning of the episode, to lift a painting for her, as she wants to give it to BoJack. Henrietta turns around to reveal her face is still concealed by a violent black scribble. She is revealed to be a pleasant, naive young woman—as she cheerfully says she loves paintings, they're like TV without all the talking and music. Butterscotch enters the living room and declares his disgust for the painting.
Beatrice reveals it was her father's, and it quickly flashes to Beatrice standing by Joseph's opened casket at his funeral. Butterscotch still voices his disdain for it, saying art should be straightforward and utilitarian, like his novel. Henrietta cheerfully says she can't wait to read it. She loves books because the words tell stories.
Beatrice is annoyed by her and demands her to move the painting, saying she shouldn't have to tell her twice. Butterscotch tells Beatrice she could be nicer to her. Beatrice bitterly says no ones ever nice to her, and that he's only asking her that because he likes Henrietta for making him feel like a “big smart man," saying things not worth for conversation and letting him help her study for nursing school, in which during that time Beatrice can hear him flirting with her when he's supposedly working on his novel.
She suspects Henrietta is falling in love with him, for being such a sensitive misunderstood artist, and says she'll be disappointed.
The scene glitches to Beatrice with the painting at BoJack's house in L.A. BoJack questions why she and Butterscotch won't just get a divorce. Beatrice says that's just the Hollywood way, and when she lists off dumb reasons why people get divorced, such as running out of mustard and feeling a little sad, she ends up describing her own situation with Butterscotch, which BoJack points out actually is a legitimate reason to get a divorce.
Beatrice retorts “Well who else would have me now, after what you did to my body?," which BoJack retorts back “What I did?" She asks if he wants the painting, saying it belonged to his grandfather—who she claims was “a man who knew what marriage was,” as we see the earlier scene of Joseph shaking his lobotomized wife back and forth. BoJack agrees to take it, and Beatrice angrily says all he does is take. BoJack, deadpan, asks how long she's staying, she replies to just pour her some wine and she'll be on her way.
As he does this, Beatrice tells him she heard his show was canceled, although BoJack points out that it's actually been three years since the network pulled the plug on Horsin' Around. Beatrice says she never saw the appeal of those “silly stories” and that it just depresses her that she made so many sacrifices so that he could do that. BoJack just thanks her for the painting and sarcastically says he'll always have something to remind him of this conversation before he starts to drink from the bottle of wine.
In The View from Halfway Down, the painting is seen in the living room along with other symbolic paintings and family photos from BoJack's life.