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Panda. Ink on paper, mounted as a sheet. Dedicated to Rui Chun, dated 1980. Signed Zuoren, with 3 red seals.Original paper size: 55 x 49cm (21 1/2 x 19 1/4 in.) Provenance: Gifted by the artist to Xia Ruichun 夏瑞春 (Prof. Dr. Adrian Hsia), thence by descent. Dr. Adrian Hsia (1938 in Chongqing, China to 2010 in Montreal, Canada) was born in Chongqing, China to the well-known Chinese film producer Xia Yunhu 夏雲湖 (1903-1968). Upon leaving China, he obtained his PhD (1965) from the Free University of Berlin and in 1968 began a long tenure with the Department of German at McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Hsia was a literary scholar specializing in the study of culture in European and Asian literature. His first book The Chinese Cultural Revolution was published in 1971 and marked the start of a long list of publications in his 40+ year career. OPTIONAL TEXT BELOW DEPENDING ON PAGE LAYOUT & SPACE ----One personal area of focus for Dr. Hsia was to honour the memory of his late father who greatly contributed the development of drama and film in China in the first half of the 20th century. Unfortunately as was common for members of the arts, Xia Yun Hu was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution in Qinhuang Prison in Beijing in 1966 and died there on December 16, 1968. In the mid-seventies, Xia Yun Hu was still posthumously condemned as a spy of Kuomintang’s Military Intelligence. After the official end of the revolution in 1976, Dr. Hsia lobbied the government to reinstate his father’s name and reputation. Xia Yun Hu’s posthumous rehabilitation by the government took place on August 25, 1979. A symbolic urn was placed at “Babaoshan Cemetery for Revolutionaries” to recognize Xia Yun Hu. During the late 1970’s and 80’s, Dr. Hsia spent time in China to research his father’s early life. Dr. Hsia interviewed many surviving members of the arts that had been acquainted with his father and was able to piece together a biographical tale of his father’s life that was later published in The Chinese Cultural Revolution. During his research, he had the privilege to meet various artists and painters, one of whom was Wu Zuo Ren. As a sign of respect and honour to Xia Yun Hu, Wu Zuo Ren painted and gifted one of his paintings to Dr. Hsia.

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WU ZUOREN 吳作人 (1908-1997)

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