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Subject:Rose and Mountains Print Id.
Posted By: Lance Frazer Sat, Apr 08, 2017 IP: 2601:0204:4001:3df5:

Rec'd this from a relative who knew nothing about it, but thought I'd like the scene (which I do). Would appreciate any information regarding translation of the script and id. of the artist's seal. I'm assuming this is a modern print, but can't find the image on line. Many thanks for your help in advance.

Subject:Re: Rose and Mountains Print Id.
Posted By: rat Sun, Apr 09, 2017

artist's name is Chen Yiyun, the buildings shown are the Potola Palace in Lhasa

Subject:Re: Rose and Mountains Print Id.
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Apr 09, 2017

The scene depicts what I believe probably are peonies in the foreground, with the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, shown in its misty mountain perch in the distance. The Potala Palace was home to the Dalai Lama and predecessors until the 14th Dalai Lama sought refuge in India when a 1959 uprising in Tibet was suppressed.

I can only speculate that the red peonies are meant to represent buildings of the Potala's Red Palace, where religious activities traditionally have been concentrated. Peonies are traditional symbols of richness, honor, peace and nobility.

The bold black two-character inscription appears to be "逸雲" (Yiyun - apparently a given name, and literally "Leisurely Clouds"). The red seal reads down and across from the top right in seal-writing characters as "陳逸雲印" (Chen Yiyun yin - Seal of Chen Yiyun).

"Yiyun" is a common Chinese given name, especially for women. There is at least one person named Chen Yiyun (same characters) who was involved in a Shanghai exhibition with other artists in 2016, although the piece shown was not a painting but a construct called "Long-armed Robot".

I also found instances where artists, including Qi Baishi, had dedicated paintings to a noted woman named Chen Yiyun (1908-1969), who had gained wide esteem while serving since the 1920's in various Kuomintang (Guomindang) offices, as well as being prominent in that party's feminist movement. See link for the relevant Chinese language website.

I'm hoping Rat and other fine arts savants can help sort out the possibilities here. Unfortunately, I spotted no artworks similar to the one shown in response to name searches using characters or the transliterated names.

Best regards,

Bill H.

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