Lot  617 Ravenel Autumn Auction 2022 Taipei

Ravenel Autumn Auction 2022 Taipei

Macaw on a Green Vine

YU Chung-Lin (Taiwanese, 1925 - 1985)


Ink and colour on paper, framed

92 x 61 cm


TWD 190,000-300,000

HKD 47,000-74,000

USD 6,000-9,500

CNY 43,000-67,000

Sold Price

TWD 528,000

HKD 134,351

USD 17,261

CNY 121,379


Signed Chung-lin in Chinese
With two seals of the artist

PROVENANCE Acquired directly from the artist's family

EXHIBITED "Paintings of Yu Chung-Lin", National Taiwan Museum, Taipei, 12 December, 1978 - 17 December, 1978 "Elegance and Grace: A Memorial Exhibition of Flower and Bird Paintings by Yu Chung-Lin", National Museum of History, Taipei, 14 January, 2012 - 28 February, 2012

ILLUSTRATED The Flowers and Birds Paintings by Yu Chung-Lin, Art Book Co., Ltd., Taipei, 1978, pp. 28-29 Elegance and Grace: A Commemorative Collection of Flower and Bird Paintings by Yu Chung-Lin, National Museum of History, Taipei, 2012, pp. 64-65


Created with refined strokes throughout the whole work, this painting carries a firm character. Yu Chung-lin learned flower and bird paintings from Hui Nan-tian with a specialisation in the Song School with a mix of gongbi and carefree strokes. Yu imitated Jin Cheng's bird scrolls with special attention in life drawings. His works carry an elegant scholarly character. Macaw in this work was vividly depicted with colourful feathers in meticulous detail. The feathers of the neck and body were depicted with a gradation of colours with a velvety texture sketched in minute detail. Refined stroke was used to depict the fine structure of features on the wings and tail. Yellow and blue was applied in a realistic depiction. The bird rests on a crooked branch, drawn with a double outline in calligraphy strokes. Dense ink was applied on the branches with intersecting dry and wet ink to highlight the gnarled texture. Outlines were used on the leaves with a gradation to depict light and shadow of the bush. This shows Yu's influence of chiaroscuro in Western painting, allowing him to transform traditional styles. The refined skills shown in this work in both brushwork and colour application are astounding, forming an elegant and realistic representation. This also hints at the skills of a widely respected flower and bird painter of modern times.
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Ravenel Autumn Auction 2022 Taipei

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 1:00pm