世界各地博物館贈言 Words from Museums around the World
 
大英博物館 British Museum, UK
 
竹子盛產於中國華南地區。約在十世紀時成為繪畫的主要題材。園林間竹影扶疏或明月下竹葉搖曳之景,千百年來皆是文人墨客描繪的對象。

大英博物館庋藏兩件描繪竹林晚景的水墨作品,分別由兩位現代畫家以傳統寫意和工筆技法繪就,印證了竹的非凡魅力。無論是古今中外,皆為人所喜愛。

達舜明生於北京,為印度巴斯人,父輩於二十世紀初從孟買移居北京。她曾師從不同名師學習水墨畫,並於1946至1948年間隨溥佺習畫。達舜明雖為外地人,但在繪畫中國畫方面極具天賦。在《竹林》中,她精心佈局,營造寧靜和諧的畫面;又擅於運筆用墨,表現景物的肌理和遠近層次。達舜明作此畫時,碰巧文學改革家胡適(1891–1962)到訪,獲胡氏讚賞。

李華弌擅以精巧細膩的筆觸寫畫。在《月下石一.寒石幽篁》中,他以竹林作為供石的背景,其筆下堅挺的竹莖和蒼翠的竹葉如攝影般寫實,仿佛觸手可及,令畫作充滿戲劇效果和時代感。

史明理博士
前亞洲部館長
大英博物館

Bamboo is indigenous to Southern China and becomes a prime subject in paintings around the tenth century. The feathery shadows cast on garden walls or the appearance of bamboo leaves in sharp silhouettes under the moonlight are cherished by scholars for their calligraphic qualities.

Here, two modern artists have depicted bamboo in moonlight in the traditional xieyi and gongbi style. Both works are collected in the British Museum and document the continuing fascination with bamboo in modern times and beyond China.

Katy Talati, with Chinese name Da Shunming, was born in Beijing. Her family was of Parsi origin, and came from Bombay (Mumbai) to Beijing at the beginning of the twentieth century. Katy had private lessons in Chinese painting with various masters and studied with Pu Quan from 1946 to 1948. Her painting demonstrates her remarkable talent as a foreign student of Chinese painting to achieve a balanced composition, a variety of brush techniques and subtle ink tonalities. It is said that the great reformer Hu Shi (1891–1962) happened to visit when she painted it and expressed his admiration for the work.

Li Huayi known for his meticulous and elegant brush technique uses bamboo as a backdrop for his moonlit rock. The upright stalks and crisp leaves reveal a photographic realism and tangible quality that give the whole painting a dramatic stage-like and contemporary feeling.

Dr. Clarissa von Spee
Former Curator, Department of Asia
British Museum, UK


達舜明 Katy Talati (Da Shunming)
竹林 Bamboo grove
1947
水墨紙本冊頁 Album leaf, ink on paper
高:34.4厘米 H: 34.4 cm
闊:41.5厘米 W: 41.5 cm
藏品編號 Accession no.: 2011,3016.1

達舜明捐贈 Gift of the artist

Reproduced by permission of the artist
© The Trustees of the British Museum


李華弌 Li Huayi
月下石一 · 寒石幽篁 Rock in moonlight I — rock bamboo and autumnal tree
2014
水墨設色絹本 Ink and colour on silk
高:106.8厘米 H: 106.8 cm
闊:65厘米 W: 65 cm
藏品編號 Accession no.: 2015,3002.1

Reproduced by permission of the artist
© The Trustees of the British Museum
 
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