Lot 39 | 8 November 2020



LOT 39


B. China, 1906 – 1991

Sparrows and Pine

Signed in Chinese character and stamped with seal of the artist on lower right

Ink on paper

65 x 67 cm

Private Collection, Singapore

RM 30,000 – RM 70,000

Contact with these small animals at an early age instilled in Chen Wen Hsi a great love for pets and animals, and this love has been brought forward in pieces such as this. Gracefully and thoughtfully painted, the ‘Sparrows and Pine’ illustrates a few sparrows perched on a branch of a pine tree. Chen painted both Western and Chinese paintings. To observe the characteristics and movements of the animals he painted, Chen bought and reared gibbons, fish, birds, squirrels, egrets and peacocks, and he was said to have a “miniature zoo” in his backyard.