Song Di (1945-)



Song Di (1945-)
Small village in winter landscape
Ink and colour on paper, mounted and framed
68 x 68 cm (27 x 27 in)
Inscribed at the back, dated cyclically 1985: "I am painting the mountain village in the snow in the year of the water buffalo".
Signed, two seals, Gong Jian, Song Di and Ban Yue Tang
Condition: very good
Provenance: formerly acquired from the exhibition titled \'Song Wenzhi*, By the yellow mountain\' at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, St. Augustin, Germany, 1988. The exhibition seems to have included pieces of work not just by Wenzhi but also by at least one other artist, Song Di (possibly others too although this is not known for certain). Please see inscription on the back of the painting with cataloguing information for the exhibition.
Song Di started studying art at the Beijing Institute of Arts in 1963, and in 1964 transferred to the Central Academy of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 1968. During the 1970s, he worked under the guidance of painters such as Li Keran and Zhang Ding. He started teaching art in 1980 at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, where he eventually became professor in 1992. He lives in Beijing. He has exhibited on numerous occasions in China, Korea and Japan, as well as in Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany.
Song Di\'s style is fundamentally in keeping with Chinese traditional paintings, particularly in subject matter. However his drawing and painting technique give his work a resemblance with western paintings. The delicate palette colours add an ethereal effect to his work.

*Song Wenzhi (1919-1999) is a very well known painter. Some of his work is kept in museums such as the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK and at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA.