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The Hermitage
近代 張大千 野居幽情圖 紙本設色
Date: dated 1930
Object Name: Hanging scroll
Materials: Ink and colors on paper
Dimensions: H. 13 1/4 in x W. 24 1/2 in, H. 34.3 cm x W. 62.2 cm (image); H. 95 in x W. 30 1/2 in, H. 241.3 cm x W. 77.5 cm (overall)
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B60D78
On Display: No

Description

Label:

Zhang Daqian depicts the classic theme of a hermit living in a rustic hut in the wilderness. He starts his composition on the left with a bamboo grove and a tall tree that set off the hut. The hermit is shown walking among patches of grass and flowers. On upper left are a few islands, and mountain peaks appear in the distance on right.

Inscription:
In the inscription on the upper left Zhang Daqian states this is a transformation of a friend's poem to a painting. The poem describes a hermit who enjoyed "exquisite feelings through wine," living by "wild water no person crosses, where only a boat [the hermit's] floats alone for the day."

Signature:
"Zhang Daqian in Shu (Sichuan), Fall of the year gengwu [1930]."

Artist's Biography
Zhang Daqian (1899–1983) was born in Neijiang, Sichuan province. At nineteen Zhang and his brother went to Japan to study painting. Upon his return to China in 1919, Zhang settled in Shanghai, where he continued his study of painting and literature under the leading masters Zeng Xi and Li Ruiqing. He began teaching art at Nanjing Central University in 1936. He was detained by the Japanese army in Beijing during their invasion of China and in 1938 fled to Sichuan. During the remaining years of the war he traveled widely, painting and studying Buddhist cave paintings in remote parts of China. These studies had a strong influence on his figural painting styles. Zhang left mainland China in 1948 and lived abroad and in Taiwan until his death in 1983. He is most renowned for the splashed ink technique he developed later in life.


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Signature/Seal: Zhang Daqian in Shu (Sichuan), Fall of the year gengwu
[1930].
Label:

Zhang Daqian depicts the classic theme of a hermit living in a rustic hut in the wilderness. He starts his composition on the left with a bamboo grove and a tall tree that set off the hut. The hermit is shown walking among patches of grass and flowers. On upper left are a few islands, and mountain peaks appear in the distance on right.

Inscription:
In the inscription on the upper left Zhang Daqian states this is a transformation of a friend's poem to a painting. The poem describes a hermit who enjoyed "exquisite feelings through wine," living by "wild water no person crosses, where only a boat [the hermit's] floats alone for the day."

Signature:
"Zhang Daqian in Shu (Sichuan), Fall of the year gengwu [1930]."

Artist's Biography
Zhang Daqian (1899–1983) was born in Neijiang, Sichuan province. At nineteen Zhang and his brother went to Japan to study painting. Upon his return to China in 1919, Zhang settled in Shanghai, where he continued his study of painting and literature under the leading masters Zeng Xi and Li Ruiqing. He began teaching art at Nanjing Central University in 1936. He was detained by the Japanese army in Beijing during their invasion of China and in 1938 fled to Sichuan. During the remaining years of the war he traveled widely, painting and studying Buddhist cave paintings in remote parts of China. These studies had a strong influence on his figural painting styles. Zhang left mainland China in 1948 and lived abroad and in Taiwan until his death in 1983. He is most renowned for the splashed ink technique he developed later in life.


Signature/Seal: Zhang Daqian in Shu (Sichuan), Fall of the year gengwu
[1930].