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Lot 276: CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM

DAY-1 2016 AUTUMN ASIAN & EUROPEAN ANTIQUES ESTATE

by Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC

November 11, 2016

Marietta, GA, USA

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  • CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM
  • CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM
  • CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM
  • CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM
  • CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM
  • CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM
  • CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM
  • CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM
  • CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM
  • CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM
  • CHINESE SPLASHING-INK SCROLL PAINTING OF LOTUS IN BLOSSOM
   
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Description: Chinese ink-wash, or splashing-ink scroll painting depicting lotus in blossom by Zhang Daqian, inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist. Double matted on pale-creme silk before darker reddish-brown border.

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Zhang Daqian: (1899–1983) was one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese artists of the twentieth century. Originally known as a traditionalist painter, by the 1960s he was also renowned as a modern impressionist and expressionist painter. In addition, he is regarded as one of the most gifted master forgers of the twentieth century. Throughout his career, Zhang Daqian explored different ways of depicting lotus. Here, he has extended the expressive potential of bravura ink-play pioneered by Xu Wei (1521–1593) and Zhu Da (1626–1705) by adding representational details to abstract patterns of color wash to create an evocative, atmospheric image. He dedicated this work to Lin Yutang with a poetic inscription that Zhang referred to as his "splashed-ink" style, which he developed in the mid- 60s. While this style strongly suggests inspiration from Abstract Expressionism, Zhang never entirely abandoned figuration. He interpreted his formal eclecticism by invoking Laozi: “procure the essence, and transcend the phenomena.” This state is hard to attain. Images barely emerge out of an elusive haze. This lotus, which reveals itself through a grayish-blue nebula of saturated color.

Condition Report: Please Note: EDEN Fine Antiques Galleries provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, and is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, mater. The bidder assumes responsibility for ensuring that the condition of the item(s) meets with their satisfaction prior to bidding. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.

Dimensions: Dimension: 93-1/2" L x 23-1/2" W (painting): 41" L x15-1/2" W

Medium: paper, ink, watercolor

Date: 20th C.

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