(China 1864 – 1928)
27.5 x 37.2 cm image; 35.4 x 48.0 cm scroll
WU Deyi (1864-1928) was also known by one of his pen names Xulun, which is on the painting. Wu was a native of Fanyu (present day Canton) in Guangdong Province. (Another reading has his origin as Nanhai, also in Guangdong Province). Wu was a student of Ju Lian, one of the founders of Lingnan School of Southern China. Coming from a wealthy family, he was an experienced connoisseur of Chinese antiquities and paintings, and he was considered an important scholar artist in Guangdong. According to his inscription, the landscape is painted after Zhao Boju (also known as Zhao Qianli), the renowned Southern Song dynasty (960-1279) artist.
The first eight characters of the inscription ‘Ren ying zai di, yang jian mingyue’ are originally from Song Dynasty poet Su Shi’s ‘Hou chi bi fu’ meaning ‘people’s shadows are cast on the ground, looking up we can see the bright moon’.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, October 2011.