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ZHONG Shouren

(China, Taiwan 1927 – )

Title
The surrounds of the green studio
Other titles:
Surrounded by Green Studio
The surrounds of a green studio
Place of origin
China
Year
1994
Media category
Painting
Materials used
hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions

183.0 x 90.2 cm image

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink, "…the early Autumn of 1994…" Signed c.l., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Shouren [artist's seal]".
Credit
Gift of the artist 1995
Accession number
157.1995
Location
Not on display
Further information

Zhong Shouren (Chung Shoujen) is well recognised for his technique of painting bamboo. His works give a sense of strength and energy that he has dedicated to art throughout his life.

The inscription reads:
‘Lizai haoduan qizai xiong /
Fanteng zhiye wu changkong /
Mojiang badi feisheng qu /
Shijian hailiu junzi feng/’

“The strength comes from the brush-end
The spirit from my heart
Will the shifting sterns and leaves
Dance away in the air
Or still stay rooted in the soil?
The earth still should hold on to its ‘man of grace’.
Zhong shouren painted at 'Huanbi xuan (Surrounded by Green studio)' and dedicated it to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in the Early Autumn of 1994.”

Note: The reference to the ‘man of grace’ refers both to the Confucian idea of the man of virtue, upright and constant and to the bamboo which is always erect, is impervious to the changing seasons, and is open at its core, as the superior man is open to learning.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 1995.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 10, 11 (illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995