HUANG BINHONG (1864-1955)
From the Lee Kwun-Seng Family collection (Lot 1180)
HUANG BINHONG (1864-1955)

Sichuan Mountains after Mi Youren

HUANG BINHONG (1864-1955)
Sichuan Mountains after Mi Youren
Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
113.5 x 48 cm. (44 5/8 x 18 7/8 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist
Dedicated to Kunsheng (Lee Kwun-Seng)
Acquired directly from the artist, thence by descent.
Further details
Originally from Taishan, Lee Kwun-Seng (1891-1977) was a prominent businessman in Hong Kong during the first half of the 20th century. His second daughter, Lee Sean-Man, married the watercolourist Tong Tak-Kam, whose watercolour paintings were exhibited in Guilin in 1943. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Tong authored numerous volumes on art history, encompassing topics such as Greek sculptures, British watercolour paintings, and European art history at large. According to the family, it was Tong who knew Huang Binhong and recommended that he create a painting dedicated to his father-in-law, Lee Kwun-Seng. Huang Binhong has long admired the misty, cloudy mountain landscapes developed by the Song scholar-artist Mi Fu and his son Mi Youren, praising their varying use of wet ink dots to depict foliage and hills. The present work is such an example of Huang Binhong’s exploration of the Mi style. Since its acquisition, the painting has been cherished by the Lee family.

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