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Master of the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat
THE HERMIT OF COLD MOUNTAIN 
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812
Master of the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat
THE HERMIT OF COLD MOUNTAIN 
Estimation
80 000120 000
Lot. Vendu 100,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Contemporary Ink Art: Confluence

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Hong Kong

Master of the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat
B. 1943
THE HERMIT OF COLD MOUNTAIN 
titleslip: titled, dated 1993 and marked with two seals of the artist
signed, inscribed, and marked with nine seals of the artist
ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
178.5 by 96.5 cm; 70¼ by 38 in. 
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist
Private American collection

Description

Born in Wimbledon, England, in 1943, "the Master of the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat,” is a distinguished collector and dealer, and an eminent scholar of traditional Chinese aesthetics and their manifestation in art. In the past three decades he has not only   uncovered several important contemporary Chinese ink artists, he has also discovered his own artistic voice through ink painting. The attention to detail that he brought to the collecting of snuff bottles, imperial ceramics and scholarly works of art indeed permeates his own painting styles of rocks, scholarly objects and imaginary landscapes. Akin to the finest literati painters of Chinese history, his works express his own animus, rather than seeking to achieve a formal likeness.

Filling the painting with his evocative ‘calligraphic’ English to transcribe his own sentiments for the landscape, the artist explores ink painting through a Western neo-literati lens. His writings are accompanied by selected poems from the Tang dynasty monk Han Shan, “Cold Mountain,” describing his own journey across the peaks. Han Shan was a Buddhist hermit who begged for food at temples, sang and drank with cowherds, and became one of the most revered poets in history—an immortal figure in Chinese literature and Zen Buddhism alike. Inspired by this legendary figure, The Hermit of Cold Mountain depicts a monk meditating amidst the rocks, trees and streams of the Tiantai Mountains. Together with the English descriptions, the final effect is as much an homage to the Chinese literati tradition, as it is a testament to the scholarly sensitivities of the Master of the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat.

Contemporary Ink Art: Confluence

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Hong Kong