Zhang Daqian's splashed-ink landscape sold for over $27m

By Lin Qi | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-10-18 15:07
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Mist at Dawn marks modern master Zhang Daqian's accomplishment in abstract expression. [Photo provided to China Daily]
咪乐|直播|间下载 )带来哪些变化,赶紧看看!北京新机场临空经济区产出将达到万亿元在国务院已经批复国家发改委印发的《北京新机场临空经济区规划(2016-2020年)》中明确,为发挥北京新机场大型国际航空枢纽辐射作用,北京市将与河北省合作共建新机场临空经济区,以此来促进京冀两地深度融合发展,总投资将超2000亿元。

A splendid landscape which represents the pinnacle of modern master Zhang Daqian's work in abstract expression fetched HK$214.6 million ($27.58 million) at Sotheby's auction on Oct 11.

The painting, titled Mist at Dawn, was created in 1968 when Zhang resided in Brazil and explored an abstract approach to modernize classical Chinese shuimo art. He experimented with a distinctive method to pour ink and colors on paper to achieve an unexpected effect and dot details in between in a subtle way.

The splashed ink approach came into Zhang's vision at a time when he suffered from deteriorating eyesight. It also reflected an influence of the abstractionism and expressionism prevailing in the international art circles he associated with while traveling and exhibiting in Europe and America.

Mist at Dawn shows a mesmerizing scene in which sunlight cracks through the mist and clouds, and casts its glow upon mountains. With a reduction of details and the highly abstract, expressive style, Zhang breathed new life into the realm of classical Chinese ink paintings while continuing the intellectual and philosophical spirit of the past.

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