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The Celestial Penglai

  • loan
  • Description

    Zhao Zongzao (born 1931) is a professor of printmaking of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. After a visit to Japan in 1982, Zhao started to work on prints of a famous group of rocks on Mount Huang (Huangshan), in which he combined the subtlety of a wash painting with the texture of the grain of the woodblock, using it to suggest the surface of the rocks.

    Michael Sullivan (1916-2013) saw a print of this in an exhibition of works from the Academy in Hangzhou, and later met the artist in the Academy. Zhao stayed up all night making this print for Michael. The inscription reads ‘The Celestial Penglai. One print in the Huangshan series. For Professor Michael Sullivan. Zhao Zongzao 1982.’ This work shows the influence of the modern Japanese print.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChinaZhejiang province Hangzhou (place of creation)
    AsiaChinaAnhui province Mount Huang (subject)
    Zhao Zongzao (born 1931) (printmaker)
    Associated people
    Michael Sullivan (1916 - 2013) (recipient)
    Material and technique
    print 47 x 40 cm (height x width)
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    On loan from the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Sullivan, Michael, Modern Chinese Art: The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection, revised edn (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2009), no. 49 on p. 194, illus. p. 195 fig. III.49



  • shuiyin

    Shuiyin is a water-soluble ink printed woodcut.

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