Lot 620 Ravenel Spring Auction 2020
ZHANG DAQIAN (Taiwanese, 1899 - 1983)
Ink and colour on paper, framed
139 x 39.5 cm
With two seals of the artist
This work was painted in a scroll. The flower grows upwards with branches spreading to both sides, similar to a dancing figure. Boneless technique was used with light ink for the branches and broad leaves. Swift and fine brush was used for the rim of the petals. Yellow and red was used for the center of the flower and the edge of the leaves. Thicker ink was used for the thicker branches, adding a robust nature to the tenderness of the flower. The natural posture of the leaves and flowers were naturally depicted on all sides. Different gradation of ink was used to depict the unrestrained beauty of the flower.
Inscribed at the lower left of the painting was a poem by Zhang Da-Qian, describing the beauty of the flower by the fence on a tranquil night. This flower has always been the beloved subject and symbol of a gentleman among poets. When Zhang Da-Qian's paintings are put to comparison, a work Tingting Yuli was inscribed with the same poem and the reason of creation was written at the back. That work was the first of its kind, painted for the first time in 1930. It was given to Historic Linguist Yu Sheng-Wu as a gift. No draft was made in advance, so he used Chen Chun's style of depiction due to limited time.
The work mentioned and Musk Mallow, offered in our Sale, shared a similar style. It is clear that the artist followed Chen Chun's style of depiction. A close inspection would suggest that Shen Zhou and Bada Shanren's style was also used. Study of Imitation of Shen Zhou's Hollyhocks (completed in 1929, currently kept in the National Palace Museum of Taipei) and Lotus, Attributed to Bada Shanren (completed in 1930) shows that Zhang Da-Qian imitate Shen Zhou's Hollyhock and Bada Shanren's Lotus in the two paintings. Such combination of styles of Shen Zhou, Chen Chun and Bada Sharen shows Zhang's extraordinary talent of combining the best of ancient masters.
Refined Brushwork: Fine Chinese Paintings
Ravenel Spring Auction 2020
Saturday, July 18, 2020, 12:00am