Lot  653 Ravenel Autumn Auction 2022 Taipei

Ravenel Autumn Auction 2022 Taipei

Scholars Gathering in the Mountains

CHIANG Chao-Shen (Taiwanese, 1925 - 1996)

Ink and colour on paper, scroll

179 x 96.5 cm


TWD 850,000-1,400,000

HKD 211,000-347,000

USD 26,900-44,300

CNY 191,000-314,000

Sold Price


Signed CHIANG Chao-shen in Chinese
With three seals of the artist

PROVENANCE Private collection, Taipei


Classical techniques could be traced in Chiang Chao-shen's landscape paintings, with a unique structure, demonstrating a modern and individualistic point of view amongst classical techniques in the depiction of mountains and streams. This work was made at Chiang's mature stage of career. Techniques from ancient scrolls are prominently demonstrated with a close resemblance to nature itself. Majestic mountains of Song scrolls could be associated with this painting with a bold structure and delicate composition. Tone and colour of ink are synchronized in a literati style. Rocks were outlined boldly in Jianjiang style. Swift strokes of cun and dots highlight the texture of a rocky cliff in a stylistic approach. Colours are subtly chosen with ink, ochre and green carefully applied to highlight a realistic depiction of rock texture and to create a chilled tone to the painting. Mountains echo with the horizon with a fresh and majestic aura. Trees at the foreground were depicted with double lines, saturated and dried ink and colour. They are intertwined to form a dense forest. A river meanders through the valley with scattered houses, where three scholars chat casually. This suggests the ideal, secluded and relaxing lifestyle of Chiang. Lin Bu's poems were always used as inscriptions of Chiang, showing his preference towards an austere lifestyle of a literati.
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Ravenel Autumn Auction 2022 Taipei

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 1:00pm