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Zhang Daqian, Chinese, (May 19, 1899–1983)

Creation date: 1958
Creation place: China

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Type: Scroll Painting
Medium and Support: Ink and pigment on Light-medium weight Kozo (est.) fiber paper
Credit Line: Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Everett F. Drumright
Accession Number: 1986.44
Dimensions: 52 1/4 x 26 5/8 in. (132.72 x 67.63 cm)


Mr. and Mrs. Everett F. Drumright, Poway, California (1959 - December 27, 1986)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 27, 1986 - )

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Zhang Daqian emerged as an acclaimed painter during the first half of the twentieth century—tumultuous and war-stricken years when China was striving to become a new, modern nation. Schooled in traditional ink painting, he adapted his style to modern sensibilities and was inspired by the work of abstract expressionists in the West. Zhang is most noted for the "splashed-ink-and-color" painting style that he did not develop until nearly sixty years of age. The lotus flower was one of his favorite subjects. Here the leaves come to life as bold, spontaneous splashes of ink, and the crisply delineated stems slice dynamically through the composition.
Last Updated: 9/2/2015


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Brush and Ink: Chinese Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art Selected by Pan Gongkai Pan Gongkai , 4/29/2016 - 9/5/2016


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Yu Sung. San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 46, 47, Figure Number: 47

Ms. Yu Sung. Selections from the Chinese Collection San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1999
Page Number: 154, Figure Number: 154

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