1,000-year-old ink paint­ing sells for $59.2m

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

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.

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