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Wu Hufan (吴湖帆; 1894-1968) Framed Chinese traditional scroll painting, ink and color on paper laid to silk. Hand painted with delicate ink tones and textured rendering of misty mountain transformed the monumental landscape imagery of the nature. Pavilion house shown form part of forest scenery, bordered by trees, shaded and half concealed by a grove. Appearing a subtle expression; immeasurable distances were conveyed through the use of blurred outlines, mountain contours disappearing into the mist, and impressionistic treatment of natural phenomena. Emphasis was placed on the spiritual qualities of the painting and on the ability of the artist to reveal the inner harmony of man and nature, as perceived according to Taoist and Buddhist concepts. Encircled by this energized mountain scape, the retreat becomes a reservoir of calm at the vortex of a world whose dynamic configurations embody nature's creative potential. Semi-cursive script calligraphy was written in the blank upper right corner followed by a red seal. Matted, and wooden framed, set behind glass.

Measurements: Frame Height: 65 1/2" Width: 100 3/4"


The Sale Will Benefit for Momentum Church, GA.

PROVENANCE:
From the heirloom collections of DR. Wu Guozhen (吳國楨; October 21, 1903-June 6, 1984) was a Chinese political figure and historian, government official who served as mayor of Hankow (1932-1938), mayor of Chung-king (1939-1941), political vice minister of foreign affairs (1943-1945), mayor of Shanghai (1946-1948), and governor of Taiwan (1950-1952) and the former Chairman of Taiwan Provincial Government. He resigned in 1953 and went to the United States.

K.C. Wu lived in the United States where he served as professor of Chinese history at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. During his time in the United States, he wrote various works, including a detailed analysis on Chinese culture in the context of mythology and early history in his book The Chinese Heritage.

The second part collections of DR. Wu Guozhen (吳國楨) presented and offered up to auctions:
ON DAY-1: From Lot-97 through Lot-124, and continued from Lot-204 through Lot-228.
ON DAY-2: from Lot-357 through Lot-386.

LOT NOTES:
Wu Hufan (吴湖帆; 1894-1968) was a leading traditional painter, known as a collector and connoisseur, as well as for his landscape works. Born in Suzhou in the Jiangsu province, Wu was the grandson of calligrapher and painter Wu Dacheng, and, from a young age, was able to study the works of masters such as the "Four Wangs" of the Qing dynasty. He later studied the painting of Dong Qichang and other artists from the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, the Northern and Southern Song, and Yuan and Ming dynasties. Wu spent the early part of his life in the Shanghai region, and, following the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China in 1949, taught at the Shanghai Institute of Chinese Painting. He went on to become one of the city's most important connoisseurs, writing extensively about the works in his collection. Wu was known for his elegant brushwork, as well as his delicate ink tones and textured rendering of mountains and trees. His work was firmly rooted in tradition, characterized by clearly defined foregrounds, middle grounds, and distances, and made more modern by his use of color. In particular, Wu's work is noted for its lack of any reference to the dramatically shifting political landscape of 1950s and 1960s China. Although Wu focused primarily on landscape paintings, he was also interested in drawing, and executed a number of flower and bamboo works.

Condition

Over all in EXCELLENT condition, with natural imperfection on the medium (paper or silk), regardless from any major damages; includes light blooms, discoloration and minor fading. Consider Normal due to the ages.

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