Dazzling array of Chinese artworks to be auctioned off

Wang Jie
Artworks, including modern Chinese ink-wash paintings, calligraphy, jewelry, antiques and ancient Buddha statues, will be auctioned off at Shanghai Grand Theater on Thursday.
Wang Jie

A cluster of 800 artworks will go under hammer during the Shanghai Council Spring Auction at Shanghai Grand Theater on Thursday.

Featuring modern Chinese ink-wash paintings, calligraphy, jewelry, antiques and ancient Buddha statues, an auction preview will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Shanghai Grand Theater.

A highlight of the auction is the Chinese ink-wash and calligraphy section, which includes a group of heavyweight names such as Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Lu Yanshao (1909-1993), Huang Binhong (1865-1955), Xu Beihong (1895-1953) and Liu Haisu (1896-1994).

Included in this section is "Beauty Out from Water," created by Zhang in the 1930s. Born into a family of artists in Neijiang, Sichuan Province, he studied textile-dyeing in Kyoto, Japan. From 1941 to 1944, Zhang spent time in Dunhuang, Gansu Province, to make replica paintings in the Mogao Caves. He copied 276 murals and founded a new school of painting based on ancient Buddhist art.

Dazzling array of Chinese artworks to be auctioned off

"Beauty Out of Water" by Zhang Daqian 

Another auction highlight is Xu Beihong's "Running Horse." Xu was a master painter, art educator and pioneer of modern Chinese painting.

Born in Yixing in east China's Jiangsu Province, Xu began to study Chinese classics and calligraphy at the age of 6. In 1917, he went to Japan to study art, and two years later received a government scholarship for training at the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied oil painting and drawing.

Xu's eight years in Europe greatly influenced his style. He created a number of works that reflected his training there, including careful drawings of nudes, portraits, impressionist landscapes and large-scale oil paintings.

Dazzling array of Chinese artworks to be auctioned off
Ti Gong

A Buddha statue from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

Preview info

Dates: July 6, 9:30am-7pm; July 7, 9:30am-5pm

Auction info

Date: July 8, 9:30am

Venue: Shanghai Grand Theater

Address: 8/F, 190 Huangpi Rd N.

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