ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
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CHINESE PAINTINGS FROM THE COLLECTION OF FILM DIRECTOR CHOR YUEN AND ACTRESS NAM HUNG (LOTS 1059-1061)
ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)

Lotus

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ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)

Lotus

Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
75.3 x 143.5 cm. (29 5/8 x 56 1/2 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist
Dated tenth month, bingwu year (1966)
Dedicated to Madame Shumei (Nam Hung)

NOTE:
In the 1960s, Nam Hung often performed Cantonese opera to Chinese communities abroad, travelling regularly to Southeast Asia and the United States, including cities such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. While in New York, Nam Hung and her mother would visit her dear uncle Tam Ping Yung, owner of legendary Bo Bo Restaurant on Mott Street in Chinatown. Known for his love for good food, Zhang Daqian loved going to Bo Bo for its delicious Cantonese cuisine during his visits to New York from Brazil, where he resided in the 1960s. In 1966, Nam Hung met Zhang Daqian at the restaurant through Tam’s introduction. A few days later, as a gift to Nam Hung, Zhang returned to the restaurant with a large beautiful lotus painting dedicated to her. Nam Hung particularly enjoys the poem inscribed by the artist. Lotus has adorned Chor Yuen’s study for more than half a century.
Provenance
Gifted by the artist in New York in 1966.
Post lot text
Chor Yuen and Nam Hung are one of the most well-known couples in the 20th-century film industry in Hong Kong. The couple married in 1967.

Chor Yuen (1934-2022), born in Guangzhou, was a renowned Hong Kong director, screenwriter and actor. His father was the revered actor Cheung Wood Yau active in the 1950s and 1960s. Emerging as a young director in 1956, Chor Yuen came to fame in 1960 from his work The Great Devotion depicting the life of the poor. With a career in the film industry spanning over six decades, Chor Yuen was credited 120 films as a director, over 70 films as a writer, and over 40 films as an actor. His roles in many movies and television series were loved and remembered by many in Hong Kong and the Chinese-speaking communities worldwide. He was honoured the Professional Achievement Award in 1998 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 by the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Nam Hung (b. 1934) is a retired Cantonese opera performer, movie actress most active in the mid-20th century. At her mother’s introduction, Nam Hung studied under Hung Sin Nui (1924-2013) at a young age, thus embarking on her acting career as a Cantonese opera performer. By the 1950s, Nam Hung began to act in films. Over the new few decades, she appeared in over 170 movies, many with her as the leading actress. Nam Hung was active in television where she appeared in a wide range of roles from the 1970s until her retirement in the late 1990s.

The collection includes a Zhang Daqian lotus painting gifted by the artist to Nam Hung when she visited New York in 1966, a Qi Baishi Lotus and a Huang Binhong landscape previously owned by Chor Yuen’s father, Cheung Wood Yau. According to the family, the Qi Baishi and Huang Binhong paintings were gifted to famous actor Cheung Wood Yau (1910-1985), Chor Yuen’s father, by Liao Chengzhi during Cheung’s visit to Beijing. Liao Chengzhi (1908-1983) was an influential early 20th-century political figure in China and the son of artist He Xiangning and politician Liao Zhongkai.

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