Lot 575
  • 575

Xiong Hai (Hung Hoi)

Estimate
200,000 - 300,000 HKD
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Description

  • Xiong Hai (Hung Hoi)
  • Retreat in the Mountains and Mountain Springs (set of two works)
  • ink and colour on paper, hanging scrolls
  • 1991
titleslip: (i) signed and titled in Chinese, and marked with one seal of the artist
each signed and dated 1991 in Chinese, and marked with three seals of the artist

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist
Umbrella, Hong Kong
The Mary and George Bloch Collection

Catalogue Note

Immersed in the Chinese painting tradition, Hung Hoi regularly travels to China and Europe in search of captivating landscapes and to derive inspirations directly from nature – a practice advocated by Ming dynasty loyalist painters and innovative masters such as Shitao (1642-1707 C.E.). Hung's distinctive monumental landscapes, with its close-up perspective, naturally guide the viewer's eyes to begin from the bottom and travel upwards, creating the illusion of standing at the foot of a mountain, as evident in Retreat in the Mountains and Mountain Springs (lot 575) and Snowy Mountain (lot 563). Hung Hoi's fine and freehand brushwork include intricate details, such as tiny scholar figures resting in hidden pavilions or delicately patterned trees, and immerse viewers in the fantastical macrocosms of both his large-scale hanging scrolls and smaller-scale albums, as seen in Landscapes (lot 566).
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