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Calligraphy about a lonely traveller returning home

  • 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.

    The calligraphy reads ‘Plum blossoms were not blooming yet when the Huaxi River turned green. Smoke from the kitchens rose along with dusk, shrouding several households. From afar there were fast hooves, [a horse] was on its way back through…familiar woods. Willow branches would kiss [your] armour, tomorrow on the north bank of the River.’

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChina Hong Kong (place of creation)
    Zhao Shao'ang (1905 - 1998) (calligrapher)
    Associated people
    Dr. Yin Min (active c. 1978) (recipient)
    Material and technique
    ink on paper
    frame 165.8 x 57.3 x 2.2 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 30.2 x 37.5 cm (height x width)
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    Presented in honour of the forthcoming 70th birthdays of Jose Mauricio and Angelita Trinidad Reyes, 1995.
    Accession no.
  • 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. 120b

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