Lot 626 Ravenel Spring Auction 2021 Taipei

Ravenel Spring Auction 2021 Taipei

Hiking by the Lake

PU HSINYU (Taiwanese, 1896 - 1963)

Ink and colour on paper, framed

24.5 x 57.5 cm


TWD 180,000-360,000

HKD 49,000-98,000

USD 6,300-12,600

CNY 42,000-83,000

Sold Price

TWD 1,320,000

HKD 366,667

USD 47,143

CNY 304,850


Signed Hsin-yu in Chinese
With three seals of the artist


"This work is a magnificent and rare landscape composed in horizontal structure. Gradients of green and ochre were used to paint the hills without overshadowing the outline structure. The overall structure and cun brushwork were carefully planned resembling the style of Wang Meng. Dense dots echo with Wen Zheng-ming and Chou Ying's influence on painting techniques. The combination of the delicate academic style and majestic scholarly paintings made Pu Hsin-yu's works unique.

Composed in the landscape structure of Ni Zan, the work was divided into three distinct parts. The foreground at the bottom, extending to the distant hills, separated by a river, forming a tranquil landscape work. Tang styles were used in the foreground, painted with fresh green colour, skilful outlines, dried axe strokes and dotted cun. The triangular structure enhances the solemnity of the painting. Extended shores on the sides create a visual balance of the work. At the center, the dense forest was depicted with strokes of dense ink, green and ochre. On the left cliff, a scholar with a hiking stick looks afar beyond the horizon. Across the river, on the right of the painting, fishermen on a boat crossing the river. Green colour and alternate dried cun strokes and dots were loosely used to form the distant hill. Such light application forms a simplistic addition to the painting. A poem of Wang Wei was used as a hint towards the artist's peaceful yet melancholic emotional state as a drifting hermit away from home. Such a poetic scholarly painting with rare seals demonstrates the outstanding aesthetic elements in calligraphy, literature and seals.
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Ravenel Spring Auction 2021 Taipei

Saturday, July 17, 2021, 12:00am