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The surrounds of the green studio



Zhong Shouren

China, Taiwan

1927 –

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    Surrounded by Green Studio
    The surrounds of a green studio
    Place where the work was made
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink on paper
    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]".

    Gift of the artist 1995
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Zhong Shouren

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication