Zhang Daqian_Pink Lotus on Gold Screen_花開十丈影參差 (2)

Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Pink Lotus on Gold Screen, Splashed Ink and Colour on Gold Screen, 1965, 158 × 70 cm

Hong Kong - In celebration of the 120th anniversary of Zhang Daqian’s birthday, Sotheby’s will present a large-scale solo exhibition, Zhang Daqian: The Master, from 12 October to 9 November, at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery. Co-organised by Xi Zhi Tang Gallery, the exhibition will feature nearly 60 paintings sourced from the artist’s family and private collectors around the world. This exhibition will encompass important works from different periods of the artist’s oeuvre, with an emphasis on splashed ink paintings, many of which have been featured in major exhibitions and some have never before been seen in public.

Zhang Daqian was a remarkable artist from a young age, though his characteristic splashed ink painting technique was developed at a later stage in his life, during his long residency overseas when he found himself immersed in modern Western art developments and the pioneering output of the Abstract Expressionists. Combining Chinese painting materials and semi-abstract imagery, Zhang Daqian developed a new style that encapsulated an aesthetic rooted in traditional Chinese painting, while imbuing his compositions with a spontaneity to create ravishingly beautiful works with a strong visual impact, making his mark on the history of 20th century art.

A series of public events will be held during the exhibition period, including the launch of Professor Feng YouHeng’s new book, The Paintings of Chang Dai-chien, 1950-1983: From Traditionalism to Modernism, a talk by Professor Feng, and guided tours of the exhibition.

Carmen Ip, Head of Department, Fine Chinese Paintings, Sotheby’s Asia, comments, “Sotheby’s is honoured to present this specially curated exhibition in celebration of the 120th anniversary of Zhang Daqian’s birthday. We are deeply grateful for the generous support from the artist’s family as well as private collectors from around the world, without which it would not have been possible to gather nearly 60 masterpieces in one place for the public to enjoy.

12 October – 9 November, every Monday to Saturday.

Zhang Daqian_Landscape in Splashed Ink_潑墨山水

Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Landscape in Splashed Ink, Splashed Ink on Paper, Framed, 1965, 158 × 70 cm.

Zhang Daqian_Mountain Dwelling Shrouded in the Mist_雲靄山家

Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Mountain Dwelling Shrouded in the Mist, Splashed Ink and Colour on Paper, Framed, 1967, 102 × 135 cm.

Zhang Daqian, On Route Switzerland-Austria_瑞奧道中寫景

Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), On Route Switzerland-Austria, Splashed Ink and Colour on Paper, Hanging Scroll, 1965, 127 x 61 cm.

Zhang Daqian, Beautiful Scenery in the Mountains_空山水流花開

Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Beautiful Scenery in the Mountains, Splashed Ink and Colour on Cardboard, Framed, 1965, 53 x 41 cm.