Fine Chinese Paintings

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陳國威藏畫(編號3022-3023)| From a Hong Kong Private Collection (Lots 3022-3023)

吳冠中 春筍 │Wu Guanzhong, Bamboo Grove in Spring

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October 8, 10:10 AM GMT


800,000 - 1,200,000 HKD

Lot Details


Wu Guanzhong

1919 - 2010

Bamboo Grove in Spring

ink and colour on paper, framed

signed, dated 1977, with 1 seal of the artist

48.6 x 45.2 19⅛ x 17⅞ in.


吳冠中 春筍

設色紙本 鏡框 一九七七年作








48.6 x 45.2 19⅛ x 17⅞ in.

From a Hong Kong Private Collection (Lots 3022-3023) 



Gift from artist in 1980

"Not only is spring bamboo shoot delicious, its form is beautiful. Time after time I carried my box easel on my back to search for the spring bamboo forest …Unfolded before me was a field of black bamboo sprouts, near and far, which appeared to be peeping at me, mocking me. They seemed short, shrunken with age. But I was wrong - they were sheaths left at the roots, which stayed to guard the young bamboo, now emerging a fresh, spring green colour, as they stretched rapidly upwards into the sky."

 – Wu Guanzhong

Wu Guanzhong’s fondness for spring shoots, stemmed from his childhood memory of harvesting them, is the inspiration behind his popular bamboo series. He studied the robust growth of bamboo shoots meticulously, not minding waiting in the forest for one whole week just to capture the moment the plant breaks through the soil.

Executed in 1977, the present piece celebrates the exuberance of flourishing sprouts amid a dense forest. Painted in striking black colour, the pointed figures of shoots, stout or slender, contrast vividly with the bamboo stalks in light-blue hue, rendering a sense of refreshing spontaneity by breaking the vertical uniformity of the soaring grove. The artist refined the black sheath by adding subtle touches of reddish-brown, green, and turquoise, encapsulating the bursting vibrancy of his beloved evergreen plant.