Shao Yixuan (1886-1954)



Shao Yixuan (1886-1954).
Enjoying the Landscape, 1937.
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper, 104 x 36.5 cm (41 x 14 in)
Inscribed, signed and dated, Third month of 1937, Shao Yixuan from East Zhejiang, one seal

Condition: Good condition.

Provenance: Exhibited in the third of a series of three exhibitions (and catalogued in Volume III), which included sixty four of Shao Yixuan\'s paintings, held at China 2000 Fine Art, New York, 19 March to 17 April 2007.

The soft brown and blue for the background create a mysterious and serene landscape in keeping with the contemplative state of the seated man. In contrast the pine tree in the foreground is painted in bold dark ink, also in keeping with the strength and longevity of such a tree. For both the foreground details and the general background, Shao shows a free and loose use of the brush.

Shao was greatly influenced by the masters of the Ming and Qing dynasties and used his knowledge of art history to open a salon for other painters, the Beijing Salon. As it occurs often with Chinese paintings and calligraphy, artists often collaborate with other artists to produce a piece of work. Shao collaborated with Qi Baishi (1864-1957) and was also friendly with other leading artists like Chen Nian (1876-1970) and Pu Ru (1896-1963). Shao Yixuan\'s work is highly skilful and reflects a talent that deserves as much recognition as that given to better known artists. He lived and worked as a journalist in Beijing.


China 2000 Fine Art. Shao Yixuan and the Beijing Salon, Volume III. 3 vols. New York: China 2000 Fine Art, 2007.
Sullivan, Michael. Modern Chinese Artists. A Biographical Dictionary, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2006.