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Title

Folding fan with landscape painting and poem in seal script


Artists

LU Zhanyuan

China

Unknown

China


About

The poem painted by Lu Zhanyuan may be translated as follows: ‘So many people from the mundane world, are not the match of this old gentleman; they do not ride a donkey backwards, but always look back towards the past.’ The poem is followed by an inscription, reading: ‘On the right I have written the poem about Zhang Guolao riding a donkey backwards, at the request of Mr. Huanwen, Director of the Society. Late learner Lu Zhanyuan, in the year of 'xinyou' (1921), May Festival.'

There are three seals, including: ‘Ruyi jixiang (auspicious, as one wishes)’ and ‘Lu Zhanyuan’. Zhang Guolao (7th and 8th century), one of the famous Daoist Eight Immortals in popular culture, is said to have always been riding a donkey backwards.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2009.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

1921


Media category

Painting


Materials used

ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

33.1 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr. James Hayes 2009


Location

Not on display


Accession number

315.2009


Artist information

LU Zhanyuan

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

58


Place

Where the work was made
China