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Title

couplet in seal script

early 20th century


Artist

Gui Zhi

China

late 19th century - early 20th century


About

This couple describes a romantic scene of tranquility by using phrases such as ‘qingfeng’ [cool wind], ‘youmeng’ [remote dream], ‘mingyue’[bright moon], which are all popular in classic Chinese poetry.

The fourteen characters were written in “lesser seal” script. A typical feature of this script is the uniformity of size and shape of each character. The brush strokes are round and have a supple quality. The evenness demonstrates painstaking execution.

Gui Zhi, GuiDian's brother, was born into a family of scholar-officials, which emphasized the traditional literati training of composing poems and prose, calligraphy and painting – the three perfections of Chinese art. Gui Zhi became a diplomat for the Republic of China in 1912, and served as consul and consul general in New Zealand, the Philippines, Borneo and Australia.


Details


Places where the work was made

China
Hong Kong


Date

early 20th century


Media category

Calligraphy


Materials used

ink on paper


Dimensions

a - right panel, 126 x 21.2 cm, image

a - right panel, 131.8 x 32.5 cm, overall

b - left panel, 126 x 21.2 cm, image

b - left panel, 131.8 x 32.5 cm, overall


Signature & date

Signed c.l. part b, in Chinese, inscribed in black ink "Dong Yuan, Gui Zhi",
Signed l.l. part b, in Chinese, stamped in red "Dong Yuan",
Signed l.l, part b, in Chinese, stamped in red "Gui Zhi" [need to be confirmed once clear image is available]
Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Helen Suk-yue Wheeler in memory of her parents Li Tung and Fung Ching-fai


Location

Not on display


Accession number

181.2019.a-b


Artist information

Gui Zhi

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
China