ARTIST(s): Wu HuFan 吴湖帆 (1894-1968)
ink and color on paper, Framed
Length: 72 1/2" x Width: 37 1/2"
Signed/Seal(s): 2 artist seals
Dated in the In spring of Minguo 37 (1948)
gift for Yu BindongPROVENANCE: Estate Collections of GENERAL YU BINDONG 俞濱東 (1903-1990) (AKA: 天宾) R.O.C. Presidential Palace Third Class of Major Generals, Director of Assistant Commissioner, Official bodyguard, Security guard brigade commander of the building controls, the affairs of state, presidential palace Internal business, printing and engraving branch.For more information about General Yu Bingdong 俞濱東, please follow this link:www.eden-galleries.com/yubindong/Video Documentation on Youtube:https://youtu.be/W_mn9iHjgMYVideo Documentation on Youku (China):https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDUxMzY4NzcwOA==.html
The collections of General Yu Bingdong 俞濱東 presented and offered up to auctions:
ON DAY-1: From Lot-125 through Lot-152, and continued from Lot-269 through Lot-296.
ON DAY-2: from Lot-448 through Lot-487, and continued from Lot-620 through Lot-760.
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.