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Subject:A Chinese landscape painting
Posted By: Hee Woo Mon, Jul 29, 2019 IP:

Hi, I own this Chinese painting.
However, I cannot read Chinese on the painting.

I want to know who the painter is.
And what does it say in the painting?

I would appreciate any help with this.

Subject:Re: A Chinese landscape painting
Posted By: rat Tue, Jul 30, 2019

hm. I'm afraid you are never going to get a satisfactory answer to your question. this is a recent Chinese picture that is pretending (not well) to be a painting by the famous artist Zhang Daqian. The date seems quite oddly written, I can't figure out what its first character is intended to be, but otherwise it was purportedly painted in the winter. That's not really important though because the handwriting and seal are also clearly not Zhang's.

In style it roughly follows Song mountain landscapes as interpreted by Yuan and later painters. I was looking for but haven't found a landscape painting roughly similar to the composition of yours but I don't see it online. It is a painting by Zhang that closely copies a Yuan painting (by Wang Yuan? I forget). There is an article in Judith Smith, ed. "Issues in Authenticity in Chinese Painting" that discusses Zhang's copy of the original. Zhang's version actually looks rather similar to the basic composition of your picture, but in all other ways they are quite different

Subject:Re: A Chinese landscape painting
Posted By: Bill H Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Hi rat & hee woo. The inscription reads down as 辛酉冬月大千居士 (Xin You Dong Yue Da Qian Ju Shi), "Winter of Xinyou (1921) Daqian the Retired Scholar".

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: A Chinese landscape painting
Posted By: rat Tue, Jul 30, 2019

yeah 辛 is my thought too but it's oddly written, maybe just because the pic is upside down. But Zhang wasn't painting in this way in either 1921 or 1981 (since at that point he would have been plausibly retired) anyway; the inscription is a red herring because the picture is 1990s or later and unrelated to Zhang's skills. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |