28 May 2010
SHI LU (1919-1982)
Album of twenty three leaves, ink and colour on paper
Each leaf measures 21.5 x 29.2 cm. (8 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.)
Entitled, inscribed and signed, with a total of twenty three seals of the artist
Titleslip entitled and signed by the artist with a total of three seals
Shi Lu once said: "Painters observe life to express their desires in art, in order to allow viewers of art to sense and appreciate art and life around them. Though man may not notice, artists must take note of all subtleties; at the same time, though man may overlook less attractive details, artists must make those details shine. Only then can art stir the soul." This current album of flowers adheres strictly to Shi Lu's own philosophy, for in its unique depiction and fluid lines, its strong presence enables the artist to pour his emotions upon his art and create art that moves the soul.
Lot 68, 21 May 1989, Sale of Fine Chinese Paintings, Hong Kong Auctioneers & Estate Agency Limited.
THE LU FANG GE COLLECTION OF CHINESE PAINTINGS
The owner of the Lu Fang Ge Collection first began his business in Beijing in the 80's, where he met by chance Qi Gong, Huang Wei, Dong Shoupin and Fan Zeng, who became his mentors and ignited his passion towards Chinese painting and calligraphy. Over thirty years of collecting the Lu Fang Ge Collection became a repository for precious and rare paintings-the fifty-two paintings presented here are a combination of both classical and modern paintings that encompass a broad period of Chinese art and culture. Many of these works were purchased through auction many years ago with enviable provenance and will add strength to any collection.
In the modern paintings section Xu Beihong's The Three Stallions is an amalgamation of Western and Eastern painting techniques, using mainly Chinese brushwork to paint the physique of the horse, while using watercolour methods to depict the grass and the background. It is also particularly rare as it comes from the collection of Huang Junbi and was exhibited in Taiwan multiple times, as well as being published in Japan. Furthermore Qi Baishi's Bamboo, Spring Fun, as well as Zhang Daqian's early work Blue and Green Landscape are also rare masterpieces from the collection.
The Lu Fang Ge Collection contains many paintings from prominent artists in the Ming dynasty, such as Shen Zhou's Cooling in a Bamboo Grove, Wen Zhenming's Poetry in Cursive Script (catalogued in the Shiqu Baoji), Wen Dian's Studying in a Village by a River, Lu Zhi's NarcissusM and landscapes albums by Lan Ying. In particular, Dong Qichang's Five Sacred Mountains, previously in the collection of Luo Zhenyu, was exhibited at the Tokyo National Museum in 1928. The Lu Fang Ge Collection also contains a strong collection of paintings from the Qing dynasty, such as Palace under Moonlight, Fu Shan's calligraphy and Leng Mei's The Young Hercules, with up to fifty-three commendations of the piece by members of the palace and generals.
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