HUANG JUNBI (1898-1991)
PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY COLLECTION OF HUANG JUNBI (LOTS 1357-1361)Huang Junbi, born in Nanhai, Guangdong, was one of the most influential artists in Modern China. He devoted himself to painting at an early age. In the 1920s, he along with many artists such as Huang Bore (1901-1968), established the Guihai Coorporative Society to promote Chinese paintings education. Huang travelled to China’s numerous famous mountains and rivers, and was a connoisseur of Chinese paintings. He also studied the ancient masters and laid a solid foundation in his art. After moving to Taiwan, his footsteps went all over the world, and gradually formed his famous “Cloud Mountains and Waterfall” landscape style. Huang, along with Zhang Daqian and Pu Ru, were known as the “Three Masters Crossing the Sea”.These five paintings come from the collection of the artist’s family. Waterfalls and Cliffs is the most typical of the subject matter, and captures the grandeur and magnificence of waterfalls; Fei Xia Grotto is the artist’s recollection of Guangdong Qingyuan’s scenery; Waterfall in Brazil was painted after visiting Zhang Daqian and the Iguazu Falls. These three paintings are six-foot gigantic works, and the first two are published in Huang Chun-pi’s Painting Album by the National History Museum in Taipei. The other two paintings, although smaller in size, have special subject matters. These series of works represent Huang Junbi’s artistic achievements comprehensively, and is rare in the art market.
HUANG JUNBI (1898-1991)

Waterfall in Brazil

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HUANG JUNBI (1898-1991)
Waterfall in Brazil
Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
185.2 x 90.8 cm. (72 7/8 x 35 ¾ in.)
Inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist
Dated summer, jiyou year (1969)

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Huang Junbi’s Waterfalls and Cliffs depicts the world-famous Iguazu Falls, which is located on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. In 1969, the artist flew to Brazil after attending the opening of his exhibition in South Africa. One of the purposes of this trip was to visit his dear friend, Zhang Daqian. During his stay, Huang was intoxicated by the famous waterfall and with the help of a student living in Brazil, the artist took a special plane and circled above the landscape to see it from different angles. In the same year, Huang visited three of the world’s major waterfalls, including Victoria Falls in South Africa, Iguazu Falls in Brazil, and Niagara Falls in the United States. From Huang’s perspective, Iguazu Falls won the artist’s heart as “the most beautiful waterfall”.

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