"BUDAI" BY YUAN WU (1959)
China, 1998. Ink and watercolors on paper. Depiction of Budai with gentle smile and benevolent expression, wearing a huge red robe, under which he is likely hiding his sack, next to him a vase with branches of fern. Two seals, signature and inscription.
Provenance: A French private collection. Thierry Desbenoit & Associes, Paris, France. A Spanish private collection, acquired from the above.
Condition: Fine condition with minor creasing.
Dimensions: 69 x 68 cm (the painting) and 90 x 90 cm (the frame)
Budai is a semi-historical Chinese monk who is venerated as a deity in Chinese Buddhism. He allegedly lived around the 10th century in the Wuyue kingdom. His jolly nature, humorous personality, and eccentric lifestyle distinguishes him from most Buddhist masters or figures. He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname in Chinese, the "Laughing Buddha".
袁武 (1959- )《長樂圖》
來源：法國私人收藏；法國巴黎Thierry Desbenoit & Associes；一個西班牙私人收藏，購於上述收藏。
尺寸：69 x 68 厘米(畫面)；90 x 90 厘米(含框)