Christie’s is proud to present one of the world’s rarest Chinese paintings, Wood and Rock by Su Shi (1037-1101) — the pre-eminent scholar of the Song Dynasty and one of the most important figures in Chinese history. The ink-on-paper scroll will lead Christie’s Hong Kong Autumn Auctions 2018.
An esteemed scholar, writer, poet, painter, calligrapher and statesman, Su Shi was unparalleled amongst the Song literati in his artistic accomplishments. Wood and Rock depicts withered tree branches standing dignified alongside an odd-shaped rock, resembling giant creatures and dragons appearing from stormy seas. Given the pre-eminence of the artist and the extreme rarity of his paintings, Wood and Rock is set to become one of the most important works in auction history.
The painting is part of an extended scroll which is complemented with calligraphy by Mi Fu — a renowned painter, calligrapher and contemporary of Su Shi. Both Su Shi and Mi Fu are amongst the four most celebrated calligraphy masters of the Song period.
Su Shi scroll painting sells for almost $60 million in Hong Kong
Wood and Rock, the 1,000-year-old scroll painting that sparked an aesthetic revolution in China, realises HK$463,600,000 — the most expensive object ever sold by Christie’s in Asia
A 1,000-year-old hand scroll featuring an ink-on-paper painting will lead Christie’s November season in Hong Kong
Highlights from a lecture on Su Shi’s Wood and Rock, given by Dr Alfreda Murck of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Specialist Kim Yu considers the spiritual import of Su Shi’s Wood and Rock, and why elemental forces might have offered consolation in times of banishment
Art critic Alastair Sooke and Christie’s specialist Sophia Zhou look at the life and times of this giant of Chinese culture, and reflect on his revolutionary ideas about what painting could be
To be offered during
Beyond Compare: A Thousand Years of the Literati Aesthetic
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
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Christie's Hong Kong Autumn Auctions 2018
Hong Kong Convention Centre | 23-28 November
Christie's Hong Kong Autumn Auctions 2018 is a spectacular week of sales featuring an array of the finest works from Chinese Paintings, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Post-War and Contemporary Art, as well as an extraordinary selection of Jewellery, Watches, Wine and Handbags. We invite you to join us as we celebrate a week of art and luxury through a series of exhibitions, previews and exceptional auctions.