Wu HuFan 吴湖帆 (1894-1968), a presented painting as gifts to General Chen CangQuan. Chinese ink and color painting on paper laid to silk. Hand painted with delicate ink tones and textured rendering of misty mountain transformed the monumental landscape imagery of the nature. Pavilion house shown form part of forest scenery, bordered by trees, shaded and half concealed by a grove. Appearing a subtle expression; immeasurable distances were conveyed through the use of blurred outlines, mountain contours disappearing into the mist, and impressionistic treatment of natural phenomena. Emphasis was placed on the spiritual qualities of the painting and on the ability of the artist to reveal the inner harmony of man and nature, as perceived according to Taoist and Buddhist concepts. Encircled by this energized mountain scape, the retreat becomes a reservoir of calm at the vortex of a world whose dynamic configurations embody nature's creative potential. Themed calligraphy inscription on upper left, signed and dated by artist, Wu HuFan 吴湖帆 , followed by two artist's iron-red signature seals, with additional seal on lower left.
Set behind glass and wooden framed.
The portion of the sale will benefit a local church in Atlanta area.
Dimension: 70-1/4" H x 53" W
From the collection of General Chen Qi 陳淇; (1912-2000), who styled himself as “Cangquan” (滄泉and “Yuquanshanren”玉泉山人), an artist, calligrapher, a prominent businessman and private antiques collector.
EDEN Fine Antiques Galleries is honored and proud to offer, once again, to be the last General Chen Qi's heirloom collections including unpublished painting from Zhang DaQian, Fu BaoShi, Qi BaiShi, Huang JunBi, Wu ChangShuo, Xu BeiHong, Dong ShouPing, Dong BangDa 董邦达, Li XiongCai, and many other famous artists; along with his extraordinary Chinese porcelain collections.
General Chen Qi's collections can be found on Lot-128 through Lot-161 (Day 1), continuing at Lot-402 through Lot-423 (Day 2).
For more information about General Chen Qi's Biography, please refer to provenance information at Lot 137.
Wu HuFan 吴湖帆 (Chinese, 1894-1968) was a leading traditional painter, known as a collector and connoisseur, as well as for his landscape works. Born in Suzhou in the Jiangsu province, Wu was the grandson of calligrapher and painter Wu Dacheng, and, from a young age, was able to study the works of masters such as the "Four Wangs" of the Qing dynasty. He later studied the painting of Dong Qichang and other artists from the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, the Northern and Southern Song, and Yuan and Ming dynasties.
Wu spent the early part of his life in the Shanghai region, and, following the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China in 1949, taught at the Shanghai Institute of Chinese Painting. He went on to become one of the city's most important connoisseurs, writing extensively about the works in his collection.
Wu was known for his elegant brushwork, as well as his delicate ink tones and textured rendering of mountains and trees. His work was firmly rooted in tradition, characterized by clearly defined foregrounds, middle grounds, and distances, and made more modern by his use of color. In particular, Wu's work is noted for its lack of any reference to the dramatically shifting political landscape of 1950s and 1960s China. Although Wu focused primarily on landscape paintings, he was also interested in drawing, and executed a number of flower and bamboo works.