ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
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FROM AN IMPORTANT NORTH AMERICAN COLLECTION (LOT 1099-1101)
ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)

Temple at Mountain Peak

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ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
Temple at Mountain Peak
Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
27 x 34 cm. (10 5⁄8 x 13 3⁄8 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with one seal of the artist
Dated twelfth day, sixth month, guichou year (1973)
Post lot text
Zhang Daqian first visited the United States in early 1953. From his home in Argentina, he travelled to New York, where he rejoiced in reuniting with his good friends C. C. Wang (1907- 2003) and Wang Jiyuan (1893-1975). New York soon became a frequent stop for the artist, offering a welcome respite during crossings between South America and Asia. His first significant North American exhibition took place at New York’s Hirschl & Adler Galleries a decade after his first visit. By the mid-1960s, Zhang Daqian’s ground-breaking splashed colour and ink landscapes resonated with New York’s sophisticated audience. The original collector couple met the artist through his friend Wang Jiyuan. Important early supporters of Zhang Daqian in the cosmopolis, the couple were keen patrons of the arts, active members of the Asia Society in New York and committed to the preservation of architecture. The couple hosted Zhang Daqian at their residence throughout the 1960s and when his retrospective opened in 1972, they travelled to San Francisco for the occasion. The artist had dedicated paintings and inscribed exhibition catalogues to the couple, standing as a testament to the friendship between Zhang Daqian and the collectors. The paintings have been treasured by the family since.

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