Zhang Da Qian


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Landscape of Wu Gorge
Four panels measuring 151.5X97.5cm each


Zhang Daqian, renowned as one of the most distinguished artists of the 20th century, captivated audiences with his versatile styles, transitioning seamlessly from guohua to Impressionism and Expressionism.


Born in 1899 in Sichuan Province into an artistic lineage, Zhang's early tutelage in painting from his mother and siblings laid the foundation for his exceptional talent. His pursuit of artistic refinement led him to Kyoto in 1917, where he honed his skills in painting and textile dyeing. Upon returning to Shanghai in 1919, he immersed himself in the study of art under Zeng Xi, marking the beginning of a prolific career.

Zhang's artistic journey took him to Dunhuang in 1940, where he meticulously reproduced ancient Buddhist art, completing an astonishing 276 pieces over two years and seven months. His international acclaim soared with exhibitions in major cultural capitals like Paris, London, Prague, and Geneva in 1945.


In 1949, Zhang relocated to Taiwan before settling in Hong Kong, where his artistic prowess continued to flourish. His visit to New Delhi in 1950 for an exhibition provided him with the opportunity to explore the Ajanta caves, influencing his subsequent works with their rich history. A notable encounter with Picasso in Nice, France, in 1956 further enriched his artistic perspective.


Zhang's unwavering commitment to transcending artistic boundaries led him to blend Eastern and Western influences seamlessly. His relocation to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, in 1967 marked a new chapter in his career, characterized by groundbreaking exhibitions and widespread acclaim, exemplified by his solo showcase at Stanford University in the same year.


Acknowledgment of his contributions came in the form of an honorary doctorate from the University of the Pacific in 1974, affirming his enduring impact on the global art scene. In Taiwan, his exhibitions at the National Museum of History garnered widespread recognition, culminating in the prestigious Order of Chiang Chung-Cheng in 1982.


Zhang Daqian's passing in 1983 marked the end of an era in art, yet his profound legacy lives on through his timeless masterpieces, which continue to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.

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