Coming from a lineage of art collectors, Di Baoxian (1873-1939) was proficient in both calligraphy as well as art appreciation. He eastern Times followed by Youzheng Publishing.The art collection of the Di’s family started from Di Baoxian’s ancestors. His father, Di Xuegeng (courtesy name Mannong, 1820-?) featured a prominent collection. As Di accounted, “My late father loved paintings as much as his own life. All four walls of our house were lined by important works by famous masters from different eras.” After Di’s death, his collection was entrusted to collector Ye Gongchuo which, according to the accounts of calligrapher Chen Dingshan, would be passed on to Wei Tingrong, before finally ending up in the Shanghai Museum in the post-war era. Whether or not Red EveningTwilight and the Lone Swan had been passed on to Wei is yet to be investigated.
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