Lot 617 Ravenel Autumn Auction 2021 Taipei

Ravenel Autumn Auction 2021 Taipei

Fish, Crab and Frog

DING Yan-yong (Chinese, 1902 - 1978)


Ink on paper, framed

180 x 96 cm


TWD 300,000-500,000

HKD 84,000-140,000

USD 10,800-18,000

CNY 70,000-117,000

Sold Price

TWD 1,800,000

HKD 505,618

USD 64,935

CNY 413,793


Signed DING Yan-yong in Chinese
With two seals of the artist

Acquired directly from the artist

"Twentieth Anniversary Art Exhibition of New Asia College", The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, October 1969
"Ding Hwin Young", University of Guelph, Ontario, 13 November 1970 - 3 December 1970

Bada Shanren & Y.Y. Ting's Paintings, Henan Art Publishing, Henan, 2021, pp. 146-147
This painting is to be sold with a photo of the work with the artist.


Early influence of Bada Shanren affected Ding Yan-yong's free-hand paintings with signs of calligraphy techniques in his later years. This work was completed with only a few strokes. The structure was boldly constructed with hints of classical techniques. Calligraphy strokes were applied to depict the fish. The amount of force shown in each brushstroke added weight to the fish on the lower left. Splash of ink at the tail highlights the vividness of the subject through the humidity of the brush. The eye-rolling technique of Bada Shanren is applied, as a bold gesture of the artist as someone detached from worldly pleasures. Fine strokes outline the frogs with swift rhythm, making them the centerpiece of the work. Such lively painting differentiates itself from the usual tranquility of Chinese paintings. Since then, frogs have become a famous subject of Ding's free-hand paintings. Variances from classical techniques could be traced in this work. It was exhibited in the Twentieth Anniversary Art Exhibition of New Asia College in 1969 and the Ding Hwin Young at the University of Guelph in 1970. This shows a world-wide acclamation to Ding's ink art.
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Ravenel Autumn Auction 2021 Taipei

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 1:30pm