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Title

Birds, flower, leaves and figure

20th century


Artist

DING Yanyong

China

1902 - 1978


About

Born of a wealthy family in Gaozhou, Guangdong Province, he completed his secondary education and then went to the Tokyo Academy of Art from which he graduated when 23. His early works show much western influence, but by the early 1930s he had abandoned his interest in Western painting to devote himself to Chinese ink painting, feeling that, in his own words 'Chinese art is superior (to Western art) in the sense that its artistic expressions are limitless - because it is not tied to any exterior form.' After the Sino-Japanese war of 1937-45, Ding became head of the reorganised Guangdong Provincial Art College.

In these seemingly effortless drawings, familiar subjects are treated with a delightful freshness and great economy. The sparseness of the compositions, the paring down to the absolutely essential, adds a keenness to our enjoyment of the sketches.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 1985.


Details


Other Title

Birds, flower and figure


Place where the work was made

China


Date

20th century


Media category

Painting


Materials used

9 album leaves ink on paper; 1 ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

a - figure; 35 x 34.6 cm

b - beetle/leaves; 34 x 33.5 cm

c - sparrow; 35 x 33.6 cm

d - 2 swallows; 34.5 x 33.5 cm

e - 3 sparrows; 34.8 x 34.6 cm

f - 3 chickens (colour); 34.3 x 33.6 cm

g - fish; 34.1 x 33.9 cm

h - cicada/flower; 34.8 x 34.5 cm

i - round man; 34.6 x 34.2 cm

j - squirrel; 34.1 x 34.4 cm


Signature & date

a. Signed u.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink. Not dated.
b. Signed u.l., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink. Not dated.
c. Signed l.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink. Not dated.
d. Signed and titled u.l., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink. Not dated.
e. Signed and titled l.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink. Not dated.
f. Signed l.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink. Not dated.
g. Signed u.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink. Not dated.
h. Signed l.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink. Not dated.
i. Signed and titled u.r, in Chinese, inscribed in black ink. Not dated.
j. Signed l.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink "…Ding Yangyong". Not dated.
Signed l.r. corner, in Chinese, stamped in red ink " Ding [artist's seal]"


Credit

Purchased 1985


Location

Not on display


Accession number

83.1985.a-j


Artist information

DING Yanyong

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography