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    Sale 2606

    Fine Chinese Modern Paintings

    26 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1072

    XU BEIHONG (1895-1953)

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    Estimate

    XU BEIHONG (1895-1953)
    God of Longevity
    Scroll, mounted on board, framed, ink and colour on paper
    79.5 x 36 cm. (31 1/4 x 14 1/8 in.)
    Inscribed and signed, with one seal of the artist
    Dated summer, jiashen year (1944)


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    US$103,200-129,000

    Provenance

    Family collection of Madam Dan Mengxin, whose father Professor Dan Yinsun was a high-ranking officer in the Education Bureau in China in 1948. In the 1940s, the Dan family were neighbors with Xu Beihong in Chongqing. While Xu Beihong was traveling overseas for exhibitions, the Dan family took care of the Xu family, expecially Xu's wife Jiang Biwei, who was a good friend of Dan Mengxin. In 1944 Xu Beihong created and dedicated this painting as a birthday gift to the father of Dan Yinsun. This period, just at the time of one of his major exhibitions in Chongqing, was the prime of Xu Beihong's creativity and techbical ability.