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Kapok flower

  • Description

    Zhao Shao’ang was a native of Guangzhou, Guangdong province. In his early years he studied painting under Gao Qifeng (1889-1933), one of the Lingnan School masters. In 1937, he served as the head of the Department of Chinese Painting at the Guangzhou Municipal College of Fine Arts, where he worked with other Lingnan masters, such as Li Yanshan (1898-1961) and Deng Fen (1894-1964) whose works are also included in this exhibition.

    Zhao produced many flower paintings in this vivid style, and often mixed his seal paste to match the colours of the blooms. The kapok flower, the subject of this painting, is a common plant in the Lingnan region.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChina Hong Kong (place of creation)
    Zhao Shao'ang (1905 - 1998) (artist)
    Zhao Shao'ang (1905 - 1998) (calligrapher)
    Associated people
    Dr. Yin Min (active c. 1978) (recipient)
    Material and technique
    ink and colour on paper
    frame 165.8 x 57.3 x 2.2 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 29.4 x 37.8 cm (height x width)
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    Presented in honour of the forthcoming 70th birthdays of Jose Mauricio and Angelita Trinidad Reyes, 1995.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 24 September-1 December 1996, Modern Chinese Paintings: The Reyes Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Vainker, Shelagh (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1996), no. 120 on p. 88, p. 12, illus. p. 88 fig. 120

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