• The Songde Tang Collection of  auction at Christies

    Sale 2801

    The Songde Tang Collection of Chinese Modern Paintings

    28 May 2010, Hong Kong

  • Lot 681

    FU BAOSHI (1904-1965)

    Price Realised  


    FU BAOSHI (1904-1965)
    Travelling to the Mountains
    Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
    103.9 x 59.4 cm. (40 7/8 x 23 3/8 in.)
    Inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist

    From 1939 to 1946, Fu Baoshi lived in a farm house located in the western suburb of Sichuan province's Chongqing city. This farm house is the "Studio at the Foothills of Jingang"(Jingang Po Xia Shanzhai) and is often named in the inscriptions on his paintings of that period. It was at this studio that Fu transformed and solidified his distinctive style. At the same time, the mesmerizing scenery and foggy atmosphere of Sichuan seemed to have permeated his landscape paintings. Fu Baoshi was keen on innovation in both the study and execution of fine arts. During his eight years in Sichuan, his theory of ink painting developed and evolved, as did his techniques. He utilised water, ink and colour harmoniously with great ease. In terms of the composition of his works, the peaks of the mountains often extend beyond the top of the painting, without leaving much space for the sky. Breaking traditional protocol, this idiosyncratic composition creates a towering presence and powerful force. Throughout the mountains, trees and plants are overgrown, contributing to the vastness of nature that this work presents to its viewers.

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