Sanyu Fruiting and Flowering Plant with Frog, Bird and Bees
In this rare print of Sanyu’s original painting, the unsigned Sanyu Fruiting and Flowering Plant with Frog, Bird and Bees 常玉 青蛙、鳥、蝴蝶與盆景原作 was painted in oil on board and measures 128 cm in width and 72 cm.
In this large format rare print, Sanyu Fruiting and Flowering Plant with Frog, Bird and Bees measures 95 cm wide by 136 cm high with the styled frame and museum quality ultra violet protective shield. Only a limited edition of 199 pieces are produced worldwide by the National Museum of History of Taipei.
There are various version of this painting and each with different background. Illustrating abundance and activity as the birds and bees visit the fresh blooms. An unexpected frog and a bird seems to be gazing at each other near the bottom of the Flowering plant which was planted in an off white clay pot scripted with Chinese characters. This particular print has a darker green and more solemn aural. Each painting comes originally with a decorated box and certificates which are kept separately.
The serial number and the official seal from the museum is visible on the bottom right hand corner.
About Sanyu ~ The Artist
Sanyu was a Chinese-French artist that created prints, drawings, and paintings. His work is an amalgamation of European still-life style and figurative painting and the traditional Chinese calligraphy. Considered a master of form and color, he was sometimes referred to as “the Chinese Matisse.”
Born Chang Yu 常玉 in 1901, Nanchong, China, and gain in depth foundation in calligraphy and painting from a young age. In 1921, he travelled to Paris to study at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière.
It was in Paris that he was greatly inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. In 1948, Sanyu travelled to New York where he became a close friend of the photographer Robert Frank. It was Robert Frank who later established the Sanyu Scholarship Fund in Yale University in his honour.
In March 2017, for the first time, Sanyu’s largest collection of works were finally exhibited at the National Museum of History in Taiwan from 11 March to 2 July, 2017. The exhibition “Parisian Nostalgia” or in Chinese “常玉相思巴黎展” was a huge success.
Sanyu died in his studio of gas poisoning on August 12, 1966 in Paris, France.