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PLUM BLOSSOM

Lot No. 1270
Artist: Pang Jiun (b.1936)

Series: China Guardian HK 2016 Autumn Auctions
Session: 20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art
Size: 100 x 200 cm
Dynasty: People's Republic of China (1949-)
Estimate: HKD 800,000-1,200,000
Price Realized: HKD 967,600

Painted in 2016;Oil on canvas;Signed in Chinese and dated on lower right; with two painted seals of the artist;Provenance:Private Collection, Asia;PANG JIUN(b.1936)Pang Jiun was born into an artistic family. His father, Pang Xunqin, and mother, Qiu Ti, were both talented oil painters in early Republic of China, who were also in the vanguard of the development of modern art in China. Pang was a student of Xu Beihong from whom he acquired solid skills in Classical Realism.Although Pang has witnessed great changes of his home town in his early years, his works reveal a mood of tranquility and peace. In 1987, Pang settled in Taiwan. He taught at the National Taiwan University of Arts for more than 20 years and has held many important exhibitions for which he became an artist highly praised across the straits. In June 2015, Pang held a retrospective at Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, during which a Japanese critic, Tomika Akira, praised that his works showed the spirit of ‘Oriental Expressionism’ as reflected in the choice of colour, the emphasis on the strength of lines and the preference for harmony over confliction. His paintings reflect the aesthetics of the oriental world with various themes incorporated into different sceneries of China.In this painting offered this season, Plum Blossom, plenty of flowers gorgeously blossomed on two trees, blurring the branches with a touch of red while the hills stand in the back. Over the branches is a different scenery. Accompanying a large area of blank space are layers of hills, outlining the harmony of the hills and waters from afar. The tile-roofed houses, row upon row, depict a scene of Jiangnan. The finishing touch of the painting indeed is the river boat, on which the boatman is about to go ashore but his heart lingers on. The painting portrays a picturesque springtime of Jiangnan which reveals the ideal oriental world from Pang’s perspective. This painting is the latest piece of work from Pang in 2016, a piece of art refined from his adversities in life and diligence in art, a masterpiece that has captured the essence of Oriental Classicism with his realistic technique. It is truly a valuable piece of work to add to your collection.

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