Only Chinese version is available
Album leaf, ink and colour on paper
30 x 37.5 cm
Chao Shao-an (1905 – 1998), a native of Panyu, Guangdong province. He studied painting at the Gao Qifeng (1889 – 1933) Private College of Art. In 1930, he founded the Lingnan Art Studio in Guangzhou. In 1948, Chao settled in Hong Kong and re-established the Lingnan Art Studio to teach students. He excelled in painting landscapes, animals, flowers, insects and fish, and was particularly noted for painting cicadas. Chao is a representative painter of the second-generation artists of the Lingnan School. His works are widely exhibited in Hong Kong and overseas. He was awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Hong Kong (1994).
The brilliant and vivid daylily is the result of the artist painting in one stroke with a slanted tip. The fusion of moisture and colour brought out the brilliance. The buds and the stalk are done with nimble manipulation of the brush. The large leaf extending from the top of the picture to the bottom coordinated with the small leaf to focus the viewer’s attention to the entire picture, a feat that can only be appreciated without elaborate descriptions.
—Collection of Hong Kong Heritage Museum