XU BEIHONG (1895-1953)
PROPERTY PREVIOUSLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SUMA YAKICHIRO (LOTS 1354-1356)Suma Yakichiro (1892-1970) was a notable Japanese diplomat and art collector who was a close friend of Qi Baishi. As an important diplomat during the Showa era, Suma was acquainted with many Chinese artists while he was posted in China, working in Guangzhou and Nanjing. With his deep understanding of Chinese modern paintings, he was able to set up a comprehensive collection within ten years. Unlike the collection of many other Japanese collectors of the time, Suma’s collection is mostly comprised of Chinese modern paintings, amongst which are many masterworks by Qi Baishi. He also played an important role in promoting Qi Baishi’s paintings in Japan.
XU BEIHONG (1895-1953)

Galloping Horse

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XU BEIHONG (1895-1953)
Galloping Horse
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
Inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist
One collector’s seal of Suma Yakichiro (1892-1970)
Dated spring, yihai year (1935)
NOTE :
Further inscribed on the back of the mounting by Suma Yakichiro:
On the 30th day, third month of yihai year (1935), Wang Jingwei, the Executive Administrator and Foreign Minister of the Republic Government, offered this painting to me. It is one of the finest works by Xu Beihong, which should be listed alongside the masterpieces in museums and top collections.
Written in 1964.
68.5 x 117 cm. (27 x 46 1/8 in.)

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