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The Diaspora in Modern Chinese Ink Painting

8th May 2019

The 20th Century was a time of great transformation in the field of Chinese ink painting when exciting developments reinvigorated and transformed the traditional medium. Our Fine Chinese Painting sale on Monday 20th May contains a number of works which map the contribution of the Chinese diaspora – artists who left China, mainly in the 1940s.



Many artists travelled to Europe and introduced Western influences into their work. One such artist was Hsiung Ping-Ming who alongside Wu Guangzhong studied in Paris on a government scholarship in 1947 and remained there for the rest of his life. Whilst primarily known as a sculptor, his ink and woodblock prints are influenced by the Parisian environment.



In Hong Kong, Lui Shou Kwan explored abstract expressionism through his works and Luis Chan introduced depictions of contemporary figures into his figurative art. We are lucky to have a number of works by these artists in the sale. Their contributions are now being re-evaluated with a Lui Shou Kwan centenary exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and an exhibition of the work of Luis Chan running until June 2019 at the Shanghai Modern Art Museum.



Cheong Soo Pieng (1917 – 1983) moved to Hong Kong in 1945 and thence to Singapore, where he began to produce watery landscapes of the style of a number of lots in the current sale. Taiwanese artist Lo Ch’ing moved to Taiwan in 1949 and is known for his contributions to Modern poetry as well as his innovations in ink painting.


Fine Chinese Paintings, 20th May at 10am GMT 

Chiswick Auctions is the only saleroom to offer sales dedicated to Chinese ink paintings and has a track record of bringing important Classical and 20th Century works to market. The May sale offers works from important Western Private collections including works connected to British royalty and aristocracy, and from the collections of diplomats, writers and artists. The vast majority of the works have never before been offered for sale in auction. They include classical works attributed to LU JI (follower of circa 1475 – 1503), an Imperially inscribed DAI XI (1801 – 1860) landscape, a calligraphic work by CHIANG KAI-SHEK (1887 – 1975), work by literary figures including LIN SHU (1852 – 1924) and ZHOU ERFU (1914 – 2004)

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Rugs & Carpets

24th Sep 2019


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2019-09-24 11:00:00 2019-09-24 18:00:00 Europe/London Chiswick Auctions | Rugs & Carpets Rugs & Carpets 1 Colville Road, London W3 8BL Chiswick Auctions | 020 8992 4442

Rare Books & Works on Paper

25th Sep 2019


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2019-09-25 13:00:00 2019-09-25 18:00:00 Europe/London Chiswick Auctions | Rare Books & Works on Paper Rare Books & Works on Paper 1 Colville Road, London W3 8BL Chiswick Auctions | 020 8992 4442

European Works of Art & Clocks

26th Sep 2019


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2019-09-26 14:00:00 2019-09-26 18:00:00 Europe/London Chiswick Auctions | European Works of Art & Clocks European Works of Art & Clocks 1 Colville Road, London W3 8BL Chiswick Auctions | 020 8992 4442

Urban & Contemporary Art

2nd Oct 2019


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2019-10-02 11:00:00 2019-10-02 18:00:00 Europe/London Chiswick Auctions | Urban & Contemporary Art Urban & Contemporary Art 1 Colville Road, London W3 8BL Chiswick Auctions | 020 8992 4442

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