T his autumn, the Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Auction will offer more than 200 works of modern painting and calligraphy. Highlights of this season’s sale include a series of landscapes by 20th century masters of the genre: Huang Binhong’s 1940s painting Studio Amid Majestic Mountains, Wu Hufan’s blue-green fine-brush painting Verdant Mountains in Morning Mist, Xie Zhiliu’s Song-inspired Mountain Recluse in Solitude, and Chen Shaomei’s exquisite gongbi painting Landscape After Guo Xi. Zhang Daqian’s significant blue-green masterpiece Quiet Autumn on a Sichuan River, painted from an unusual aerial perspective just before the master left China, depicts an expansive vista that makes the landscape feel so near yet so far away. Collectively, these works present a panoramic view of twentieth century landscape painting.
The sale will bring together works, many offered for the first time, from several important private collections from around the world, including Hong Kong textile pioneer Y. C. Wang’s collection of works by Zhang Daqian and Pu Ru, the Yayasan Lim Yee Hoh Collection, and a Brazilian private collection. The auction will also feature beautiful and diverse works by twentieth century masters, some of which have been shown in important exhibitions, such as ink and wash painting Trees and sketch Tree Roots from Wu Guanzhong, Still Life by Lin Fengmian, and a number of splashed-ink works from Zhang Daqian’s creative peak in the 1960s and 1970s.
張大千 Zhang Daqian
《江山無盡》Quiet Autumn on a Sichuan River
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