Tseng Yuho (Zeng Youhe)
- Tseng Yuho (Zeng Youhe)
- Two Trees
- ink on paper, hanging scroll
signed and marked with two seals of the artist
Private American Collection
During the 1950s and 1960s, Tseng Yuho built upon her formal artistic training with personal lessons drawn from her extensive travels in Europe and America with her art historian husband Gustave Ecke. She was personally acquainted with well-established artists such as Max Ernst, Joseph Albers, George Braque, and Joan Miro, whose revelations made it clear to her "that East and West share many cultural inclinations."1 It is works from this period that led art historian Richard Barnhardt to claim that the paintings of Tseng Yuho during her great creative period from 1955 through the 1960s represent a watershed in the history of Chinese landscape painting.
Hawaii Sunset (Lot 818, 1957) is one of the earliest dated works from Dsui Hua Tseng Yuho’s 1992 exhibition that represents Tseng's hybrid approach to the landscape theme and her emphasis on pictorial exploration, using both Chinese and Western Renaissance concepts of perspective. At the same time her exploration of paper and mounting techniques led to her discovery of dsui painting with paper. This technique of layering paper, ink and colour represents Tseng's mature approach to eliminating the hallmarks of personal expression, both formally through brushwork and traditionally through her imitation of masters. Her emphasis on technique and technical method is evident in the sophisticated dsui painting Waiahole Valley II (Lot 856) that features two plastic mould forms on canvas. For over fifty years, Tseng Yuho developed her unique dsui style to a point where her works are simultaneously contemporary and classical. The unusual evolution of her art, as evident in these three lots, affirms the artistic contributions of a Chinese artist to the advancement of the painting tradition with a truly international narrative.
1 Tseng, Yuho. "Dsui Hua" Dsui Hua: Tseng Yuho. Hong Kong, Hanart T Z Gallery, 1992, p. 35