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Title

Birds, flower, leaves and figure

20th century

Artist

Ding Yanyong

China

1902 – 1978

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  • 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

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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