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Bamboo on rock

  • loan
  • Description

    Bamboo (Bambuseae) is one of the 'Four Gentlemen' (bamboo, orchid, plum blossom, and chrysanthemum) in Chinese gardens. This plant has been endowed with the characteristics of tenacity, uprightness, and humility, as it has a hollow heart and grows upright. Fu Shuda (died c.1960) shows excellent use of ink on this depiction of bamboo and rock, which demonstrates distance and chiaroscuro by ink in different tones. This painting may be an illustration of Zheng Xie's (1693-1766) famous poem on bamboo growing out of rocks, admiring the toughness of this plant.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (place of creation)
    AsiaChina Sichuan province (possible place of creation)
    Fu Shuda (active 1930s - 1960s) (artist)
    after Zheng Banqiao (1693 - 1765) (author)
    Material and technique
    ink on paper
    frame 101.8 x 76.3 x 2.9 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 61.8 x 45.2 cm sight size (height x width)
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    On loan from the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection.
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  • Further reading

    Sullivan, Michael, Modern Chinese Art: The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection, revised edn (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2009), no. 35 on p.77, illus. p.77 fig. II.35

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