Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) Travellers Over Waterfall

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Lot 280
Zhang Daqian (1899-1983)
Travellers Over Waterfall

Sold for HK$ 2,100,000 (US$ 270,420) inc. premium
LOTS 279-289
LOTS 279-289

COLLECTION OF LIM YING YUN (1914-2009)

林瑩筠女士舊藏


Lim Ying Yun, also known as Lin Xiuzhen, was known to her friends as Christine Wong. Born in Fuzhou and raised in Xiamen, Lim attended a Methodist boarding school at an early age. Possessing a modern and independent spirit, Lim defied family pressure to have her feet bound, and later to enter into an arranged marriage. She was among only a few female students to study biology at Xiamen University and Qingdao University, and at age 24, insisted on marrying a man of her choice. During the war, Lim and her husband Wong Tok Sau (1913-1978) relocated to Hong Kong, where Wong took charge of the Tao Fa Company (also known as Amoy Canning, now Amoy Food Limited), the family's soy sauce and soft drink enterprise. Fleeing invading Japanese troops, Lim and Wong moved first to Macao, then to Singapore where she resided for 45 years. Lim relocated to San Francisco in 1998, and eventually returned to Hong Kong and Singapore, where she passed away at the age of 95.

Lim developed her passion for Chinese paintings in her 40s while living in Hong Kong, studying with several masters there. Both Lim and Wong were active in the artistic circles of Hong Kong and Singapore, with Wong painting under the sobriquet Zhuma Jushi. Lim became a student of Zhang Daqian, who worked with her extensively. When Zhang resided in northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Lim visited her teacher in Carmel and Monterey, and accepted several paintings he offered her.

An avid collector of Chinese paintings, Lim Ying Yun befriended and patronized many major artists, including Zhang Daqian, Huang Junbi, Chen Fang, and Lee Man Fong. She continued to paint into her 80s, experimenting with new media such as oil and acrylic, and winning prizes at painting competitions. Selected paintings from Lim Ying Yun's collection are being offered by members of her family.

出生於福州、成長於廈門的林瑩筠(又名林秀珍),自幼在鼓浪嶼衛理教會寄宿學校求學,後於廈門大學和青島大學學習生物學。秉持著新時代女性的獨立思想,林氏違背家族旨意,堅拒纏足及包辦婚姻,並在24歲時,嫁給自由戀愛的夫婿黄篤修(1913-1978)。戰爭之際,林瑩筠伉儷遷居香港。黃氏掌管淘化大同醬油食品的業務(其家族醬油和汽水企業的前身為廈門罐頭公司)。為了逃離日軍的侵略,兩人先搬到澳門,隨後定居新加坡長達四十五年之久。1998年,林瑩筠遷往舊金山,最後重返香港及新加坡,95歲辭世於新加坡。

林氏在港居停期間,曾拜多位畫家習中國畫,對藝術的熱情與日俱增。伉儷二人活躍於星、港畫壇,黄篤修還以「竹馬居士」為號作畫。林瑩筠後入大風堂門下,師徒往來甚密。上世紀六十年代末、七十年代初,大千先生定居北加州,林氏還專程到卡蜜爾和蒙特利造訪,期間並獲大千先生贈與畫作多幅。

林瑩筠對收藏中國書畫滿懷熱忱,結識並支持多位重要藝術家,除大千外,黃君璧、陳方和李曼峰等人亦與林氏夫婦常相往還。她孜孜不倦,逾80歲高齡仍持畫筆創作,嘗試以油彩和亞克力等新媒介作畫,並屢屢在繪畫比賽中獲獎。本輯所精選的11幅畫作均得自林氏家人。
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Zhang Daqian (1899-1983)
Travellers Over Waterfall
Ink and colour on silk cardboard, mounted
Inscribed and signed Daqian Zhang Yuan, with two seals of the artist and dedicated to Lin Xiuzhen on the occasion of her move to Singapore
Dated renchen year (1952)
42cm × 36cm (16½in × 14in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Collection of Lim Ying Yun (1914-2009), and thence by descent

    張大千 溪山覓句圖 設色絹卡 鏡心 一九五二年作

    款識:林秀珍弟移家星嘉坡,檢箧中曼多灑舊稿,略加點染,贈其行,時壬辰(1952)七月也。大千張爰。
    鈐印:張爰印、大千

    來源:
    林瑩筠(1914-2009)舊藏,並由家人繼承至今

    註:
    款識提及「檢箧中曼多灑舊稿」,署年壬辰(1952)農曆七月。「曼多灑舊稿」,當為其兩年前首次遊訪阿根廷時所作。「曼多灑」即阿根廷的Mendoza,距離首都布宜諾斯艾利斯僅十餘公里。1950年深秋,張大千偕家同遊,地處南半球的阿根廷時當初夏,景色秀麗,風物宜人,給張大千留下了美好印象。

    1952年秋末(農曆八月),張大千由香港舉家遷往曼多灑,並於同年在阿國首都舉行畫展。後因未獲永久居留權,遂於1954年2月遷居巴西聖保羅市近郊之摩詰城,闢建八德園。五十年代初,大千輾轉往來於香港、台灣、印度各地,雖行旅匆匆,卻繪事不輟,佳作頻出。本作採滿幅式構圖,峭壁聳立,飛瀑直下,山路迂迴,引人入勝,景色有別於故國山水,應為異域風光寫照。全幅大開大闔,有咫尺千里之勢,正是畫家創作力最盛時信手拈來之佳構。
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