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FENG ZIKAI (1898-1975)
Sakyamuni
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
70.2 x 34.4 cm. (27 5/8 x 13 ½ in.)
Entitled, inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist
Dated autumn, dinghai year (1947)
Dedicated to Miansong
Titleslip by Feng Yiyin, with one seal
Provenance
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Fine Chinese Paintings, 28 October 2002, Lot 49.
Christie’s Hong Kong, Fine Chinese Modern Paintings, 30 May 2017, Lot 1476.
Literature
Reality Goodness Beauty Love is Everywhere: Qi Yujis Collection of Feng Zikais Works, Poly International Auction Co., Ltd., 25 November 2018, p. 137, pl. 99.
Exhibited
Hong Kong, Poly Gallery Hong Kong, Reality Goodness Beauty Love is Everywhere: Qi Yujis Collection of Feng Zikais Works, 25 November-4 December 2018.
Post Lot Text
Buddhism in Art:An Ensemble of Buddhist Paintings and Calligraphy from 20th-Century China
Buddhism originated in India and first came to China over two millennia ago, the practise of Buddhism has altered many aspects of the Chinese way of living. From philosophy to the use of language, its influences lay far beyond religion.
With the turmoil of 20th century China, Buddhism played an indispensable role in Chinese society. This collection of works offers a glimpse of how artists followed this religion and how it inspired them in their artistic pursuit. Artists such as Hong Yi, Wang Zhen and Dai Jitao were from all walks of life, but they all created paintings or calligraphy with Buddhist motifs. Their intentions varied - some were devout followers, some were philanthropists, some had political agenda and some intended to spread Buddhism to a wider world through his calligraphy.
The religious scene in post-1949 unified China was relatively calm. For Qi Gong, Buddhism became his vehicle to express personal emotions, while Zhao Puchu followed his calling to promote the religion. As we find ourselves in the contemporary world where traditional values were changing rapidly, Buddhism has further transformed into a gentler religious force. Contemporary artists such as Pan Wenxun and Sun Hao find ways to relate to Buddhism through culture and history more than ever before. For them, expressing their Buddhist beliefs in art becomes a personal experience, with the hope of providing a stage for viewers for self-reflection.
Sale Room Notice
Please note the additional exhibition and literature:
EXHIBITED:
Hong Kong, Poly Gallery Hong Kong, Reality Goodness Beauty Love is Everywhere: Qi Yujis Collection of Feng Zikais Works, 25 November-4 December 2018.
LITERATURE:
Reality Goodness Beauty Love is Everywhere: Qi Yujis Collection of Feng Zikais Works, Poly International Auction Co., Ltd., 25 November 2018, p. 137, pl. 99.
請注意以下新加出版:
展覽:香港,保利香港藝術空間,“真‧善‧美 豐子愷愛在人間藝術展”,2018年11月25日-12月4日。
出版:《真‧善‧美 愛在人間:祁遇記珍藏豐子愷精品集》,北京保利國際拍賣有限公司,2018年11月25日,第137頁,圖版99。

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The recipient was Liu Miansong (1919-1983), a native of Fujian Province, who was acquainted with Hong Yi in 1938 and followed him to promote Buddhism. Hong Yi named Liu “Shenghua” as his dharma name. Liu Miansong and Feng Zikai are both disciples of Hong Yi.

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