Wang Deguan (1905-1987) was born in Jiangsu, China. He started working in 1948 as a senior official at the International Telecommunication Union. Aside from his professional life, he was an avid art lover and developed various interests such as Chinese and Western music, painting as well as photography.
As a hobby, Wang painted in the Chinese classical style using ink as well as in the western tradition with oil on canvas. His main interest, however, remained in black and white photography. With his own photo laboratory, he created artistic photomontages and was a member of several prestigious photographic societies such as The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, The Photographic Society of America and The Photographic Society of China.
When Zhang Daqian visited Switzerland, Wang introduced him to scenic landscapes in Central Switzerland and created a photomontage staging the celebrated Chinese painter in Swiss scenery. Zhang Daqian in turn offered Wang this painting as a gift of appreciation.
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