Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) A Pair Perched Amidst Red Leaves
Lot 1278
Zhang Daqian (1899-1983)
A Pair Perched Amidst Red Leaves
Sold for HK$ 9,040,000 (US$ 1,166,287) inc. premium

Lot Details
Zhang Daqian (1899-1983)
A Pair Perched Amidst Red Leaves
Ink and colour on paper, mounted
Inscribed and signed Zhang Daqian Yuan, with three seals of the artist
Dated wuzi year (1948)
128cm x 67cm (50in x 26¼in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Important private collection, Hong Kong

    張大千 紅葉雙栖 設色紙本 鏡心 一九四八年作

    款識:戊子(1948)二月大風堂中作,蜀郡張大千爰。
    鈐印:張爰之印、大千居士、青城客

    來源:香港重要私人收藏

    A Pair Perched Amidst Red Leaves is of bird-and-flower subject matter rendered in precise gongbi style, depicting the aforementioned pair of birds at leisure upon a high branch of red leaves. Though composed of lavishly sleek ink directed with a masterfully controlled and concentrated technique, at no point does the painting seem workmanly or rote. Tucked away at the bottom right corner, the scholars' rocks are rendered in one blow both shou and tou, or suitably 'thin' and 'hole-pocked', providing the work ashen and turbid, even otherworldly juxtaposition. A multi-branched frond of bamboo arches horizontally across these rocks, the indigo hues seeming to tremble in the wind, providing further contrast in both colour and position with the high branches of red leaves. Completed in the second lunar month of the wuzi year (equivalent to 1948), when Zhang Daqian would have been 50 years old, the present work is a gongbi bird-and-flower masterpiece of the artist in his prime. Though initially acquired in Shanghai, since 1950 the work has been in an important Hong Kong family collection.

    此幅〈紅葉雙栖〉,畫工筆翎毛一對,悠閒雙栖於紅葉高枝之上,筆墨潤澤,妙筆傳神,絲毫不入工匠氣。一拳既「瘦」且「透」的山形奇石,穩坐於畫幅右下方,渾穆蒼古,超凡脫俗。石前橫出一叢雙勾翠竹,生動有風致,其色靛藍,與紅葉高枝相配,一縱一橫,互呈異彩。畫作創作於戊子(1948)二月,時值張大千五十歲,正是畫家當其壯年之時所作的工筆翎毛精品。該作最初得自上海,1950年以後一直為香港重要家族收藏。
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