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Zhaolin Fang (1914-2006)
FANG ZHAOLIN (1914-2006)

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FANG ZHAOLIN (1914-2006)
Ink Lotus
Scroll, mounted and framed
Ink on paper
90.5 x 93.5 cm. (35 5/8 x 36 3/4 in.)
20th Century
From a Hong Kong private collection.
R. Hall and E. Miller, Lo Shan Tang Contemporary Chinese Paintings,Lo Shan Tang, London, 1988, p.59, pl.28.
Post Lot Text
FANG ZHAOLIN (1914-2006)
Selected exhibitions
2014 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK (solo)
2005 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, USA (solo)
2000 Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1998 National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (group)
1997 Shanghai Art Museum, China (solo)
1994 Hong Kong Museum of Art (solo)
1988 Fung Ping Shan Museum, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (solo)
1967 Scottish National Museum of Art, Scotland (group)

Notable collections
Scottish National Museum of Art, Edinburgh, UK
Shanghai Art Museum, China
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, USA
The British Museum, London, UK
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu province in 1914, Fang Zhaolin received a modern education under the guidance of her open-minded parents. In 1937 Fang left China for the United Kingdom to study European modern history at the University of Manchester, becoming the first Chinese female student at the institution.
Fang's journey as an artist was inspired by many prominent painters of the 20th century. She first received training from Chen Jiucun and Qian Songyan in Shanghai; while in Hong Kong she learned under Lu Xinnong and Zhao Shao'ang who opened her doors to the Lingnan School. She became a student of Zhang Daqian in 1953, and this experience had profound influence on her art. Fang's mature works after the 1960s accentuate her superb skill in using calligraphy brushworks to outline mountains and landscapes. Through the activity scenes she depicted, Fang's works resemble Western genre painting and manifest an underlying humour and often a social ideology that are shared by her audience.

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