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Lofty Branches Like Phoenix Wings

Zhang Daqian Chinese

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Because of their association with long life, pine trees were a favored subject for paintings presented on milestone birthdays. Zhang Daqian, one of the most revered modern Chinese painters, made this exceptionally grand example for his friend Zhao Shoujue (1881–1960) on the occasion of the latter’s eightieth birthday. The long inscription recounts the two men’s relationship, which by 1960 had spanned some thirty years.

Lofty Branches Like Phoenix Wings, Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899–1983), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, China

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