This exquisite print of a lady, with lotus petal in hand (symbolizing the Buddha), is reproduced from a painting by well-known Chinese artist, Zhang Daqian. The lady distributes flowers to the sky. Her demeanor is tranquil peace, and she is dressed in noble garments. Zhang's rhythmic and free use of line turns this character into a typical figure of the Tang Dynasty, mimicking the fresco paintings of that period. Zhang went to Dunhuang to copy the Buddhist frescos from 1941- 43.
- Scroll measures 22.5 inches W x 70 inches L - Center artwork measures 19 inches W x 43 inches L - High quality printed reproduction on fine paper with silk edges and wooden rods - Includes silk-covered box for storage, measuring 27.5 inches L x 3.5 inches W x 3.5 inches D (70 cm x 9 cm x 9 cm) - Imported from China - Item # :162004
The artist, Zhang Daqian, 1899-1983, a native of Neijiang, Sichuan Province, is a legendary master of traditional contemporary Chinese painting. He originally learned to paint from his mother, then went to Kyoto, Japan to learn painting, knitting and dyeing. In 1919, he returned to Shanghai, studying with Nong Ran and Li Meian. In 1927, he visited Huangshan Mountain, was an executive officer of the first National Art Exhibition, a professor of the Art Department of the State Central University, and went to Dunhuang to copy the Buddhist frescos from 1941- 43. He lived in Hong Kong, exhibited in India, emigrated to Argentina and Brazil, and lived in the USA, finally staying in Taiwan until his death in 1983. He is famous for his calligraphy and paintings of landscapes, flowers and various mythic characters. He copied the paintings on clay in Dunhuang, influencing his own painting that became more colorful and delicate. He is honored as 'Zhang of South China and Qi of North China' and 'Zhang of South China and Pu of North China' because he is as famous as Qi Baishi and Pu Ru. He was influenced by ancient paintings of the Ming, Tang and Song Dynasties and his work absorbed the features of those paintings.