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Fish

Bada Shanren (Zhu Da) (Chinese, 1626–1705)

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 10 1/4 x 20 1/16 in. (26 x 51 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Lent by The Chih Lo Lou Collection, Hong Kong
  • Description

    Bada Shanren harbored strong loyalist sentiments well into his old age and often used painting to express his defiant spirit. The fish in this painting is typical of his bold, enigmatic images. Its upturned eye creates a vivid impression of indignation that is almost human. Seemingly suspended in midair with its tail half cropped, the fish may symbolize the displacement and bereavement of all native Chinese. With its menacing stare and a bulging belly, the fish compares most closely with similar images created in the early 1690s.

  • Provenance

    Ho Iu-kwong (He Yaoguang) Chinese, 1907–2006

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