Lot 1273
  • 1273

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

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  • Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien, 1899-1983)
  • Peach Blossom Spring
signed YUAN, dated 1982, inscribed, with four seals of the artist, and one collector's seal

INSCRIPTION
Planting plum trees upon the twin streams,
I grew old and weary of the noisy city;
Who can believe when A Chao arrived,
That earthly Peach Blossom Spring was just a dream.

The plum blossoms grow exuberantly at Moye Jingshe. Friends who have seen them were full of praise and admiration, and described it as Paradise. They said that ever since I moved here, neighbours have settled in and grew flowers. One could hear their chickens cackle and dogs bark, and see the lights from their residence. How would I be able to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? We all erupted in laughter. As I paint this work, I compose a little poem to commemorate the happiness of the occasion, and inscribed it on this painting. The seventy first year of the Republic of China, the seventh day of the last lunar month. Yuan, at 84 years of age.
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