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Lot 129: FU BAOSHI (1904-1965) LARGE CHINESE SCROLL PAINTING OF "SELF CONTRADICIONARY"
11 November 2016
Marietta, GA, USALive Auction
Description: A Large Chinese scroll painting on paper mounted on silk depicted historic proverb story from the book of Han Feizi, written by the Chinese philosopher of the same name, who lived from c.280BC-233BC., story about Chinese idiom 'Zi Xiang Mao Dun', contradicting oneself with Mao and Dun. Depicting a wise passerby, seem to be Jiang Ziya, the wise fisherman and Chinese noble from kingdom of zhou, dressed in humble traditional custom, wearing conical hat, with his attendant carrying a barbless hook fishing pole, challenged the weapon peddlers in a conversation besides Wei river. This idiom is, therefore, used to describe something which is self-contradictory or paradoxical. The painting have a full and a bold generous feeling, compositions were dynamic, seeming to balance extreme opposing forces, brush strokes was powerful and expressive, inducing a sense of thrill in the viewer. Inscribed and signed by Fu BaoShi, with signature seals.
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Notes: LOT NOTES: Fu BaoShi (1904-1965) was a Chinese painter from Xinyu, Jiangxi Province. He went to Japan to study the History of Oriental Art in the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1933. He translated many books from Japanese and carried out his own research. In painting itself, he brought Japanese visual elements to the Chinese ink painting tradition. He was the Director of the Jiangsu Province Chinese Painting School and a Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Chinese Artists. He also taught in the Art Department of Central University (now Nanjing University). His works of landscape painting employed skillful use of dots and inking methods, creating a new technique encompassing many varieties within traditional rules. He was able to create an old, elegant style through his integration of poetic atmosphere and painting techniques. He has held many personal exhibitions in China and has won favorable comments. Fu BaoShi was also an accomplished painter of figures. His paintings of ancient Chinese figures from the 3rd and 4th centuries BC are particularly acclaimed. As a leader of the so-called New Chinese Painting Movement, which reformed traditional Chinese painting after 1949, Fu stood out from most of his contemporaries with his great passion for art, and his innovative brushwork and unique picture composition.
Provenance: PROVENANCE: From a multi-million dollar estate Located on Riverside Drive Sandy Springs this international businessman has bought items that represent his culture and its history. Doing business in Europe he found Historical pieces that were from his native home of China. Knowing that these items were from the Qing Dynasty some dated back as far as the Ming Dynasty he began buying and collecting them in early 2007 To date the items being sold by this consignor represent a small portion of the total collection.
Dimensions: Dimension: 112" L x 43" W (painting): 70-3/8" L x 37-1/2" W
Artist or Maker: FU BAOSHI
Medium: paper, ink, watercolor
Date: 20th C.