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    Sale 12551

    Fine Chinese Modern Paintings

    31 May 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 1463

    ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)

    Snow Upon Spring Mountains

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    ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
    Snow Upon Spring Mountains
    Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
    46.5 x 102.2 cm. (18 ¼ x 40 ¼ in.)
    Entitled, inscribed, and signed, with three seals of the artist

    Lot 2720, 30 November 2010, Fine Chinese Modern Paintings, Christie’s Hong Kong.

    Chang Dai-Chien I, Yayun Tang, Taipei, pl. 7.

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    Chang Dai-Chien I, Yayun Tang, Taipei, pl. 7.

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    In March, 1953, Zhang Daqian moved away from Argentina to the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil. It was there that Zhang created his Eight Virtues Garden, where he planted over 1500 persimmon trees.
    For the sake of creating his own garden of paradise, Zhang poured his life and soul into it, to the point where he even damaged his own eyes. Yet his disability eventually led to another breakthrough in his art and painitngs, as he injected the free-flowing, energised ink into Chinese traditions to create awe-inspiring masterpieces, his splashed ink paintings.
    Painted on specially made Da Feng Tang paper from Japan, Spring Snow Upon Mountains is created on paper similar to that from the Song Dynasty, giving it a firm but smooth texture, thin and not resistant to scratches, such that the blue and green hues splashed upon the paper do not sink and are not absorbed fully by the paper but are suspended on the surface, highlighting its majestic colours. The composition is clearly arranged such that the towering mountains and exposed rock surfaces on the left are juxtaposed with the spacious, lush expanse of space on the right, adorned with light flecks of snow. The sharp contrast of scenes further brings to light Zhang’s talent for creativity, composition and artistic skill.