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ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)

Hibiscus

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ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
Hibiscus
Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
33 ¾ x 16 ¾ in. (86 x 42.5 cm.)
Inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist
Dated eighth month, wuzi year (1948)
Post Lot Text
The most commonly known symbolism of the hibiscus flower is graceful beauty. This reference probably originates from Tang poet Li Bai’s (701-761) poetic lines “From clear water emerges the furong; natural and without artificial embellishment.” In Chinese, furong (hibiscus) is also an alternative name for hehua (lotus), which was likely Li Bai’s intended meaning. Nevertheless, the hibiscus, standing alone and emerging from the water, has become synonymous with elegance and beauty. In addition, the hibiscus flower also represents prosperity and good fortune.

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