25 May 2009
YANG SHANSHEN (1913-2004)
Birds and Fruits
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
105 x 33.5 cm. (41 3/8 x 13 1/4 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist
Dedicated to Chaoshu.
Further inscribed by Xu Beihong (1895-1953), with two seals of the artist
Dated first month, thirtieth year (of the Republic, 1941)
This painting was dedicated to Chaoshu.
Wu Chaoshu was a renowned diplomat in the Southwest Asian region during the Republic era and served as the Ambassador of China in Malaysia. Wu was acquainted with the Chinese artistic circle that included painters like Yang Shanshen and Zhao Shaoang, and was particularly close and helpful to Xu Beihong. Yang Shanshen painted the present lot for Wu during a visit to Singapore.
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