Lot  636 Ravenel Spring Auction 2024 Taipei

Ravenel Spring Auction 2024 Taipei

Fishing on a Boat

ZHANG Da-qian (Taiwanese, 1898 - 1983)


Ink and colour on paper, framed

89 x 44.5 cm


TWD 900,000-1,400,000

HKD 221,000-344,000

USD 28,300-44,100

CNY 205,000-319,000

Sold Price

TWD 1,920,000

HKD 463,768

USD 59,259

CNY 430,493


Signed Yuan in Chinese
With four seals of the artist

Acquired directly from the family of the recipient


From the end of the 1960s to the early 1970s, Zhang Da-qian's landscapes deviated from his usual light palette to a rich tone. This work shows an outstanding structure of landscape, echoing with Ni Zan's composition of a river in between the lands. To stand out from classical paintings, Zhang used splashed ink and layering to depict the majestic landscape through gradation and tone. Broad strokes and meticulous cun strokes jointly create a traditional style of open landscape uplifting the spirits of viewers.
This work uses spatial representation through depth and horizontal distance with limited strokes. Meticulous outlines, ochre, green and ink colours depict light and dark of the landscape. In the foreground, reeds and vegetation were depicted with rich ink, the center is filled with planned spacing representing a gentle river. The background is depicted with a scholar fishing. The landscape descends from afar, while a boat sails across the river, breaking the stillness and the void. With a rich experience in travelling, Zhang had the experience that allowed him to depict a spirit in line with the grandeur of Nature.
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Ravenel Spring Auction 2024 Taipei

Saturday, June 1, 2024, 3:30pm