Lot 1240
  • 1240

ZHAO SHAO'ANG | Mount Fuji in the Mist

350,000 - 500,000 HKD
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  • Zhao Shao'ang
  • Mount Fuji in the Mist
  • ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
  • 104.7 by 47.7 cm. 41 1/4 by 18 3/4 in. 
signed SHAO'ANG, dated 1951, inscribed, and with one seal of the artist INSCRIPTION:The mist and rain of Mount Fuji. Painted during the breezy autumn, the ninth lunar month of xinmao year, 1951.Shao'ang in Tokyo.


Sotheby's Hong Kong, Fine Chinese Paintings, May 2005, Lot 268
Previously from the collection of famous Singaporean collector Xie Shumei


Hong Kong, Sotheby’s, Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy from 20th Century Masters: The Goldbell Collection, October 2-6, 2015, and illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, pl.35

Catalogue Note

Zhao Shao’ang journeyed across Europe, Asia and the Americas for exhibitions and lectures. During his travels he painted often, but rarely chose to capture foreign landscapes as a subject matter. This painting of Mount Fuji was created in 1951, when he was invited by the Asahi Newspaper Corporation to host a solo exhibition in Tokyo. He visited many scenic attractions during this trip, and often commemorated them with poems, such as this couplet on Mount Fuji:

“Mists after rain brought clouds concealing the mountain greenery,
Still standing tall, the unparalleled peak of Japan.

Extremely rare within Zhao’s oeuvre, this work was directly inspired by his poetic feeling towards the mountain. The painting features Mount Fuji from a low angle, the mountain top appearing strikingly through the dark thick mists. At the foreground are lush mountain forests which the artist compellingly evoked with his loaded and luxuriant brushwork.