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Landscape with figures in boats

  • Description

    Chen Zizhuang, also known as Shihu in his late years, was from Rongchang, Sichuan province. He was good at martial arts in his early years and worked for the army in 1949. He studied traditional painting, calligraphy and seal carving, and was especially interested in archaic scripts. In the 1950s he developed his own style in the belief that the strokes of brushwork in painting should be the same as in calligraphy. He held in high regard eight particular master painters, including his acquaintances Wu Changshuo, Huang Binhong and Qi Baishi. In 1955 he became a researcher in the Sichuan Institute of Literature and History. The brushwork seen in this handscroll shows the artist’s practice in applying the skills of calligraphy and seal carving to landscape painting, also evident in other work displayed in this exhibition. A long comment praising this painting was written in running script by Song Wenzhi when Song visited Hong Kong in 1991. Song’s comment is attached to the same handscroll but not displayed.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (place of creation)
    AsiaChina Hong Kong (place of creation)
    painted 1913 - 1976
    calligraphy 1991
    Chen Zizhuang (1913 - 1976) (artist)
    Song Wenzhi (1919 - 1999) (calligrapher)
    Material and technique
    ink and colour on paper; mounted on layers of paper, framed with ling silk pieces; backed with paper scroll
    mount 31 x 408 cm (height x width)
    painting 21.2 x 106 cm (height x width)
    colophon 29.8 x 173 cm (height x width)
    title 21.2 x 87 cm (height x width)
    rolled 5.4 cm (diameter)
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    Presented in honour of the 75th birthday of Angelita Trinidad Reyes, 2007.
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