Please note the below additional literature:
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.