The Back of the first piece: The Poem “Yellow Crane Tower” by Cui Hao
The second piece: The Poem “Sending Off Vice Prefect Du on His Way to His Post in Shuzhou”
第一件正面 The Front: 陸儼少 Lu Yanshao
第一件反面 The Back: 趙宗藻 Zhao Zongzao
第二件 The Second Piece: 陸儼少 Lu Yanshao
草書扇面 水墨紙本 竹骨成扇
Cursive Script on Fan, Ink on Paper, Fan with Bamboo Ribs
18 x 51 cm / 7.1 x 20 in
$ 50,000 / A Set
This work is a “Xieyi” (expressional) landscape painting that the artist Lu Yanshao is recognized for. Born in Zhejiang, a city in the Southwestern part of China, Lu’s landscape painting reminds the viewers the style of the “South School '' of literati painting in pre-modern time. In the painting the inscription says “ a gift to Sheng Tian, painted by Lu Yanshao in the year of Bingyin.” Bingyin is the year of 1985. The back of the fan is a calligraphy of the poem, Huanghelou, by the modern print artist, Zhao Zongzao.
Using a cross-sectional composition, the painting depicts a fairyland scene of the peaks of mountains surrounded by clouds and mists. In the very limited space, the artist was able to present the most fascinating view of the whole scenery with a very balanced combination of the ink square, stroke works, and blankness of the image.
From 1962, Lu Yanshao taught at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts until his death in 1993. Since 1984, Zheng Shengtian has served as the director of the Foreign Affairs Office at the China Academy of Art, holding several short training courses every year to recruit foreign students to study traditional art in China. The short training class hired well-known professors such as Lu Yanshao to give lectures in person. These two folding fans are souvenirs presented by Lu Yanshao to Zheng Shengtian at the end of the lecture.