1969 Huang Junbi Painting
My husband was the dean of the graduate school at Ohio State for a number of years in the '60s. And he told me he did a favor for the growing new East Asian studies department, and as a thank you, they gave him this. The chair of the department told him at the time that it was done by one of Madame Chiang Kai-shek's favorite artists or painters. That's all I know. We've had it ever since.
So he acquired it sometime in the late 1960s or early '70s?
I... I would think it was probably late '60s.
Yeah, maybe early '70s. I'm not sure.
Well, this is actually a Chinese painter that Madame Chiang Kai-shek would have liked.
The artist's name is Huang Junbi, written here-- Huang Junbi -- who was actually born in, near Guangzhou province, Canton province, in 1898, and he died in 1991, and painted for a number of years in China. But in 1949, when Chiang Kai-shek moved to Taiwan, he actually moved, as well, and founded the Academy of Painting at Taiwan Normal University, where he taught for about two decades. He was a famous landscape painter. As a typical Chinese painting, it's ink on paper. And there is a bit of color by the waterfall here and on the man's robe down here. And those could have been a bit more brilliant to begin with, and could have faded a bit over time. This seal actually, here, says, "Painted at the White Cloud Hall." There's an inscription here, called a colophon, that says, "The flying stream falls directly down 3,000 feet." Now, this poem is part of a poem that was written by the eighth-century Tang dynasty Chinese poet Li Po, but then it's dated. The critical two characters here are "ji you," which is the part of the 60-year cycle that translates to 1969. Then painted in early fall and signed by the artist with two seals, this one and this one. Well, he's pretty strong on the market. This is a little bit more of a sparse painting than some, but at auction, it would undoubtedly carry a pre-sale estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.
Very interesting. I had no idea.
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