A Gentle Summer Breeze in Zhang Daqian's 'Lotus in the Wind'

A Gentle Summer Breeze in Zhang Daqian's 'Lotus in the Wind'


L otus is a recurring theme in Zhang Daqian's oeuvre, as it is one of the artist’s favorite flowers. Painted in 1973 at the eve of an important solo exhibition of the artist, Lotus in the Wind stands as an outstanding demonstration of both Zhang's mastery of skills and the creative energy of the later stage of his artistic career.

Zhang Daqian, LOTUS IN THE WIND, Estimate Upon Request

While the artist usually painted in a vertical format, Lotus in the Wind extends across an exceptionally large piece of horizontal paper that spans more than two meters in width. Taking advantage of a format similar to a handscroll, the work offers a spectacular panoramic view of a summer lotus pond.

Zhang Daqian, LOTUS IN THE WIND (detail), Estimate Upon Request

Leaf clusters and flourishing flowers intertwine, portrayed with bold and dynamic brushstrokes. A watery effect is created through rich layers of ink and colours, vividly conjuring a view of this sumptuous lotus pond in the breezy days of late summer.

Lot 6007 - Details

Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien, 1899-1983)

signed ZHANG DAQIAN YUAN, dated 1973, inscribed, with a dedication, and six seals of the artist
ink and colour on paper, framed
65.8 by 209.3 cm. 25⅞ by 82⅜ in.

Acquired directly from the artist by the original owner. Acquired subsequently by a German private collector in 1988.

Chinese Paintings – Modern

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