YANG SHANSHEN (1913-2004)
YANG SHANSHEN (1913-2004)

Autumn Landscape

YANG SHANSHEN (1913-2004)
Autumn Landscape
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
86.2 x 32.2 cm. (33 7/8 x 12 5/8 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist
Dated thirty-second year (of the Republic, 1943)
The Art of Yang Shan Shen, Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, 2006, p. 14, pl. 5.
Beijing, National Art Museum of China, Paintings by Yang Shanshen, 13-20, July 2006.
Further details
The New Expression of the Lingnan School
To sketch nature candidly is not to purely obey what you observe. One must form your own opinion, absorb and transform ideas, to pursue a higher level of aesthetic. ” Gao Jianfu.

The historical and traditional training of Chinese painting gave heavy emphasis on strict pedagogy and copying of the ancient masters. At the end of the Qing dynasty, influences from the West emerged with artists attempting to revolutionize this practice and explored the ways to modernize Chinese ink paintings.
The Guangdong-based Lingnan School began with flower-and-bird painters Ju Chao (1811-1865) and Ju Lian (1828-1904), with the mission to combine the best of Chinese and western, ancient and modern elements of paintings. The most representative of the first generation of Lingnan artists include Gao Jianfu, Gao Qifeng, Gao Jianseng and Chen Shuren. Gao Jianfu and Chen Shuren were students of Ju Lian and studied in Japan before returning to China. Against the pedagogy to blindly copy ancient masterpieces, they proposed a revised and naturalistic painting method based on sketching from nature.
The second generation of Lingnan artists includes Zhao Shao’ang, Li Xiongcai, Guan Shanyue, and Yang Shanshen. These artists expanded the repertoire of traditional subject matters and expressed their contemporaneity through the interchanging use of Chinese and Western technique in their practice. The characteristics of the Lingnan School include the importance given to the negative space and the use of bone method brushwork. The Lingnan artists are known for their excellent rendition of colours which demonstrates the vitality of the subject.
Luo Ning, sobriquet Huali, was the third daughter of renowned Guangzhou gentleman Luo Bowen. Luo Bowen practised painting and calligraphy and was a collector himself. Luo Ning carried on with the family tradition with a passion for art and a rich paintings collection. Christie’s is honoured to offer part of her collection of exquisite works by Zhao Shao’ang, Yang Shanshen, and Deng Erya in this auction (Lots 1069-1079).

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