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    Sale 12551

    Fine Chinese Modern Paintings

    31 May 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 1468

    ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)

    Landscape in the Style of Shitao

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    ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
    Landscape in the Style of Shitao
    Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
    364 x 142 cm. (143 ¼ x 55 7/8 in.)
    Inscribed with a poem and signed, with four seals of the artist
    Dated tenth month, bingyin year (1926)
    Dedicated to Huhan
    One collector's seal

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Professor Daniel Te-Yen Lee (1923-2001) was the English translator at the Nanjing headquarters of the United States Military Advisory Group. In the late 1940s, Huhan, his friend who was a collector of Chinese paintings, was moving out of China and sold several of the larger paintings from his collection to Lee, including Landscape in the Style of Shitao. Lee moved to the United States with his family and worked as a host of a Chinese television programme. In 1972, Lee conducted an interview with Zhang Daqian at his studio, Huanbi An (Wicker Hut). Through this occasion, Lee was able to show a photograph of Landscape in the Style of Shitao to Zhang, to which the artist pleasantly recalled painting it for Huhan. According to Zhang Daqian in the interview, this painting was the largest he ever painted at the time.