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Magpie & Prunus; Shanghai School, Early Republic Period

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Paintings: Pre 1920: Item # 593599

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Magpie & Prunus; Shanghai School, Early Republic Period

Circa 1920: An energetic and spirited sumi ink scroll painting with poem, calligraphy and painting by Wei Mei. In subject matter and style of execution, the painting is quintessentially Shanghai School which especially favored bird and flower painting as well as bold and sponaneous brushwork over the more traditional, classical landscape painting with its labored detail. Here, a magpie is perched on prunus branches depicted in late winter bloom, the prunus is rich in tonalities and the magpie is triumphantly poised on an elegant branch, triumphant on a sunny winter day. A poetic inscription references the passing of snow, the anticipation of spring with spring breezes not yet arrived, a relationship between white stone and clear water, prunus blooming, and an admonition not to mention loneliness, rather to consider this magpie which is happy to announce a sunny day in late winter. Signed as both poet and painter-calligrapher with the studio name Wei Mei, the full inscription is WEI MEI REN BING TI. Painted and mounted on paper with wooden scroll rollers. Dimensions: the mounted scroll measures approximately 85-3/4 long x 22 wide; the painting exclusive of mounting is 58-1/2 long x 15-1/2 wide.

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