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    Sale 2708

    Fine Chinese Modern Paintings

    25 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 718

    XU BEIHONG (1895-1953)

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    XU BEIHONG (1895-1953)
    Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
    118 x 62 cm. (46 1/2 x 24 3/8 in.)
    Inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist
    Dedicated to Fuqing
    Dated summer, twenty-seventh year (of the Republic, 1938)
    In January 1938, Xu Beihong leamed that the city of Anqing had been besieged. The news left Xu emotionally devastated, and it spurred him to create a series of paintings that year, including the present lot. Through the use of his skillful and refined brushstrokes, Xu often portrayed lions in his paintings to express his national pride and encourage patriotism amongst his people amidst the social turmoil. With the lion striding across the rock and roaring into the wild is a display of captivating grace and strength and embodies of Xus patriotic sentiments.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this painting has published in:
    Chinese Paintings, China National Arts & Crafts Import & Export Corp. Peking Branch, Beijing, p.8.