- Place where the work was made
- Media categories
- Scroll , Painting
- Materials used
- hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper
- 69.0 x 34.0 cm
- Signature & date
Signed c.l., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink "Zifan, the year of Xinyou (1981)".
Signed c.l., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Cui [artist's seal]".
Signed c.l., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Zifan [artist's seal]".
- Purchased 1985
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Estate of Cui Zifan
- Artist information
Works in the collection
The lotus is a popular subject in traditional Chinese painting. It has many cultural and religious meanings, including being a symbol of purity, and is widely used in Buddhist representation. Lotus roots and seeds are also used in Chinese cuisine and medicine to help cool the body, especially in summer.
Cui Zifan, born in Shandong province, was influenced by the great 17th-century individualist painter Zhu Da and, later, Wu Changshuo and Qi Baishi. The strength and depth of the black ink strokes – as seen here on the stems and seedpods, against wash colours used on leaves – is emphatic. He was one of the most innovative contemporary Chinese painters to work in an essentially traditional manner.
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 exhibitions
The four seasons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Jun 1989–Jul 1990
Chinese Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Nov 1991–27 Jan 1992
Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995
The Way We Eat, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2021–13 Jun 2022
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Sydney, 2003, 172 (colour illus.).