This original artwork by Wu Changshuo is signed and dated by the artist ‘Painted by Wu Changshuo in the year Jiwei (= 1919) during the severe frost in the age of 76 years’ and bears two artist's seals.
Depicted is one of the artist’s most well-known subjects ‘Plum blossoms’. With free brushstrokes the flowers show a vivid pink color and are growing from expressively gnarled branches that are growing vertically.
Wu Changshuo (September 12, 1844 – November 29, 1927) was a prominent painter, calligrapher and seal artist. Initially, he devoted himself to poetry and calligraphy with a strong interest in early scripts. He also led the Xiling Society of the Seal Art, an academic organization for Hangzhou-based seal artists. Only later did he consider himself a painter associated with the "Shanghai School." As a painter, he was noted for helping to rejuvenate the art of painting flowers and birds. He considered carving seals and doing paintings to be integrated to each other. His work was highly regarded in Japan.
Shape: Rectangular vertical shape
Dimensions: 152 x 41,5 cm (painting size), 237 x 61 cm (mounting)
Condition: The painting is in good condition. Slight traces of age and wear, in the form of creases, slight browning at the margins and moldy spots, are discernible. One small hole and few small tears are hardly noticeable due to the mounting.
Provenance: From an old German Private collection, bought by an Austrian collector at Lempertz, 09 Dec 2011, Cologne, Germany, ASIATISCHE KUNST, Lot number 78
Auction result comparison: Christie’s, Fine Chinese Modern Paintings, 26 - 27 November 2011, Hong Kong, lot 1302. (for a comparable, slightly smaller, Plum blossoms painting by Wu Changshuo, also dating to 1919)
吳昌碩(1844年9月12 – 1927年11月29)是一位傑出的畫家，同時善於書法、篆刻。早期他熱愛書法創作，吟詩作對。於1904年創辦了”西泠印社”。晚年，被認為是”海上畫派”代表人物之一。同時，他的作品在日本也被高度推崇。
尺寸：152 x 41.5 厘米(畫作大小)，237 x 61 厘米 (裝裱後)