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Lot 271: HUANG BINHONG (1865-1955) CHINESE SCROLL PAINTING OF WATERSIDE LANDSCAPE
11 November 2016
Marietta, GA, USALive Auction
Description: A Chinese scroll painting of ink and color of mountain and river scene. Chinese painting in grisaille depicting pavilions within dense of shading trees and outcrop rock work along waterside and mountain landscape scene. Shows calligraphy inscription signed by the artist Huang Binhong on upper right, followed with iron-red signature seal, further seal on lower left. Double matted with creme-teal border before grayish silk.
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Notes: LOT NOTES: Huang Binhong (1865-1955) was a Chinese art historian and painter born in Jinhua in Zhejiang province. He was the grandson of artist Huang Fengliu. He is considered one of the last innovators in the style of painting and is noted for his freehand landscapes. His painting style showed the influence of the earlier painters Li Liufang, Cheng Sui, Cheng Zhengkui, and Kun Can. He also had significance for creating several societies devoted to painting and calligraphy. Huang Binhong's work and ideas reached maturity during the 1930s and '40s. In his writings from this period, Huang advocated studying the Tang and Song works to trace the past, in order to initiate the future. He wrote "Huafa yaozhi" (Principles of Painting) in 1934, in which he explained his five ways of using the brush and his seven ways of using ink. He derived his style from the close study of Chinese tradition and of nature. Huang Binhong was among the first to point out the significance of the Xinan School of painting in his scholarly writings of the early 1940s. Beside the Xinan School, Huang was also influenced by Dong Qichang. Despite these ancient influences, some of his painting techniques, especially his experiments with the effects of light and his autonomous use of brush and ink, converged with those of Western Impressionism and Modernism. He developed calligraphic strokes in his works, forming a richly integrated style in which he manipulated solid and void. At the end of his career, when his eyesight was failing, Huang Binhong nearly departed from figuration in his paintings, while still infusing them with the essential spirit and resonance of the natural landscape. When he was 80 he had his first solo retrospective in Shanghai.
Provenance: PROVENANCE: The items that we have the privilege of marketing for our consignor come with some history, These items are reported to have been purchased from The Revelations Antique shop operated by Kurt Kjellin for more than 40 years. The consignor on numerous business trips to New York would visit the East Village shop to find rare and unique items to add to his personal collection.
Dimensions: Dimension: 85" L x 21" W (painting): 29" L x 14" W
Artist or Maker: Huang Binhong
Medium: paper, ink, watercolor
Date: 19th/20th C.