Lot  638 Ravenel Autumn Auction 2023 Taipei

Ravenel Autumn Auction 2023 Taipei

Hibiscus by the Water

PU Hsin-yu (Taiwanese, 1896 - 1963)

Ink on paper, framed

94.5 x 36.5 cm


TWD 550,000-850,000

HKD 134,000-207,000

USD 17,200-26,600

CNY 126,000-194,000

Sold Price

TWD 600,000

HKD 148,883

USD 19,066

CNY 136,364


Signed Hsin-yu in Chinese
With three seals of the artist


This work shows sophisticated brushwork with edged lines depicting hibiscus. Lines of regular script with various gradation of ink outline the leaves and petals. The flower extends from the left with leaves sketched using a small brush and thick ink. The variation of brushwork forms lines with a variety of thickness, depicting leaves of different sizes. Slender twigs were outlined using Tang-style gongbi and rhythmic strokes. Such brushwork suggests Pu Hsin-yu’s use of calligraphic strokes on paintings, thereby depicting his personality. Gradations of ink forms light and shadow of the leaves, reflecting the scholarly character of the artist. Light ink and thin strokes were used to depict the flower of light colour, enhancing the purity of the subject and the austere personality of the artist. Dense ink was used on the rocks emerging from the water, depicting its rough surface. This rare outline depiction contrasts with Pu’s usual boneless strokes in flowers. This painting shows reference to Tang Yin’s work and the scholarly character of Song paintings.
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Ravenel Autumn Auction 2023 Taipei

Saturday, December 2, 2023, 1:00pm