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Title

Landscape after Zhao Boju (1127-1162)

1887

Artist

Wu Deyi

China

1864 - 1928

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    1887
    Media categories
    Scroll , Calligraphy
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper; one leaf from an album
    Dimensions
    27.5 x 37.2 cm image; 35.4 x 48.0 cm scroll
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Dr. James Hayes 2011
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    383.2011
    Artist information
    Wu Deyi

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China