Lot 621 Ravenel Autumn Auction 2021 Taipei

Ravenel Autumn Auction 2021 Taipei

Mountain Fairy

DING Yan-yong (Chinese, 1902 - 1978)

Ink and colour on paper, framed

130 x 66 cm


TWD 240,000-400,000

HKD 67,000-112,000

USD 8,600-14,400

CNY 56,000-93,000

Sold Price

TWD 2,640,000

HKD 741,573

USD 95,238

CNY 606,897


Signed DING Yan-yong in Chinese
With one seal of the artist

Acquired directly from the artist

Bada Shanren & Y.Y. Ting's Paintings, Henan Art Publishing, Henan, 2021, p. 150-151


Figure paintings have been one of the common subjects of Ding Yan-yong, mostly under the theme of theatrical and historical figures. This work was based on the story from Chu Ci, depicting an emotional mountain ghost waiting for its lover. This work, however, is an individual interpretation of the artist. Using the structure of Western art, Ding painted a ghost and a tiger of similar sizes. A dynamic atmosphere is created through the expression of the subjects. The work is lightly painted with a variation of colours; hence an emphasis is put on the expression of characters. Simple strokes of the nude figures hint at Western classical subjects. The outlines of her breasts, her arm gestures and muscles of her crossed legs shows the artist's intense training in sketches. Curved strokes highlight the light-weighted hair and clothes of the ghost. Taking a bouquet in her hand, the ghost appears to be strolling by the forest without a single hint of distress. This echoes with Ding's optimistic character. His exaggerated depiction enhanced the emotion through a simplistic depiction. Ding used dry ink and swift strokes for the outline and pattern of the tiger. Instead of depicting a ferocious tiger, Ding chose a funny variation, resulting in a joyful aesthetic beauty
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Ravenel Autumn Auction 2021 Taipei

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 12:00am