Art draws aficionados

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 November, 2011, 12:00am


Art aficionados will be spoilt for choice when Bonhams auctions contrasting styles of fine Chinese painting during its autumn season in Hong Kong.

The event will showcase traditional Chinese masterpieces, as well as many contemporary works by acclaimed artists.

Among the most significant is a handscroll by Wang Shimin, entitled Stream, Mountain, Rain, Feeling. Critics describe this landscape in the manner of Huang Gongwang as delicate, subtle and elegant. Wang's scroll measures 439cm, making it a rarity in terms of length, while in the inscription he wrote characters signifying: 'I am pleased with this painting' (estimated selling price of HK$1 million - HK$2 million).

Also noteworthy is Xie Shichen's Travelers in the Mountain. It depicts a winter scene, assumed to be one of a set showing the four seasons, and the painting captures the sense of a breathtaking yet treacherous landscape. With characteristic touches of the Wu and Zhe School, it is regarded as Xie's most representative work (estimated, HK$600,000 - HK$800,000).

In the 20th Century and Contemporary Asian Art collection, one outstanding lot is Lin Fengmian's Sunflower. Estimated to sell for more than HK$700,000, it is a still life in which the artist uses the techniques of Chinese coloured-ink painting to execute a classic western motif, creating a new style.