Jiqian Wang (1906-2003)
WANG JIQIAN (C.C. WANG, 1907-2003)


WANG JIQIAN (C.C. WANG, 1907-2003)
Hanging scroll
Ink and colour on paper
89 x 44.5 cm. (35 x 17 1/2 in.)
Executed in 1988
Formerly in the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection, Hong Kong.
Post lot text
WANG JIQIAN (C.C. WANG, 1907-2003)
Selected exhibitions
1996 Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, USA (solo)
1994 Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan (solo)
1987 The Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (group)
1986 Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong (group)
Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (solo)
1977 Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA (solo)
1975 Columbia University, New York, USA (solo)
1973 Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA (solo)

Notable collections
Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Fogg museum, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
The Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

Born in Jiangsu Province in 1907, Wang Jiqian was one of the most acclaimed Chinese painting collectors of the 20th century as well as a talented artist and art critic. He studied under Suzhou painter Gu Linshi and later Wu Hufan. In the 1940s, Wang immigrated to the United States and began to study Western painting at the Art Students' League in New York.
Wang excelled in classical painting but his skill and knowledge did not hinder his success in breaking boundaries to become a contemporary ink artist. His landscape paintings create an air of awakened senses which embody techniques from both Western and Eastern artistic traditions. Wang desaturated the hue of his sceneries to an abstract impression; however his depiction of manmade structures such as houses grasps the sensibility of the viewers to come back to the reality he depicted.
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This lot should be executed in 1988 instead of 1952 as stated in the catalogue.

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