1,000-year-old ink painting sells for $59.2m
An 11th-century Chinese ink painting fetched HK$463.6 million ($59.2 million; 52 million euros; £46.2 million) at a Christie’s sale in Hong Kong on Nov 26, making it one of the most expensive of all classic Chinese paintings and works of calligraphy sold at auction. The monochromatic painting Wood and Rock, measuring only 26 by 50 centimeters, is attributed to Su Shi (1037-1101), a pre-eminent scholar, artist and statesman of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Su’s aes- thetic views ushered Chinese art and culture into a new era. Su’s work is said to demonstrate a maxim of classical Chinese painting that ink has five shades. That approach is demonstrated by the painting’s use of light, medium and dark tones of ink to achieve a harmonious effect.