ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
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FROM THE COLLECTION OF WU WEIJIA, MASTER OF YIZHAI (LOTS 1054-1056)
ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)

Viewing Sunset in Mount Huang

Details
ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
Viewing Sunset in Mount Huang
Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
27 x 31 cm. (10 5/8 x 12 1/4 in.)
Entitled, inscribed and signed, with four seals of the artist
Dated tenth month, guiyou year (1933)
Dedicated to Deng Fen (1894-1964)
One collector’s seal of Deng Fen
Further inscribed and signed on the mounting by Deng Fen, with three seals of the artist
Dated twenty-second day, sixth month, gengchen year (1940)
Provenance
Gift from Deng Fen, thence by descent
Post lot text
Wu Weijia, the owner of Yizhai, came from a prominent Macanese banking family. With a passion for collecting art, Wu especially loved the Lingnan school and was close friends with artist Deng Fen.
Wu was an active philanthropist who supported many art fundraising events alleviating natural disasters and war damage. In 1931, Wu purchased many paintings donated by Gao Jianfu to fundraise for the Eastern China flood. To thank Wu for this kind gesture, Gao gifted him a set of four scrolls entitled The Four Seasons (sold at Christie’s Hong Kong on 28 May 2019) the following year. During the Sino-Japanese war, Wu also assisted many artists in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau to overcome hardship.
To express his appreciation for Wu’s philanthropic efforts, Deng Fen painted Portrait of Lay Buddhist Zhaoguang for him and gifted him Zhang Daqian’s Viewing Sunset in Mount Huang, a personal gift for Deng Fen from the artist. Formerly from the collection and presented here are also calligraphy by Shen Yangong and Shen Yinmo.

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