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Discussing Zhang Da Yong (张大勇) Inner Painted Snuff Bottles
The first time I saw Master Zhang Da Yong (张大勇) Inner Painted Snuff Bottles was in a Beijing art shop many years ago. The shop was filled with inner painted snuff bottles of all kind and from many different artists; landscape, portrait, still life, birds and insect etc. I was overwhelmed by the number of bottles in the shop and took a deep breath before proceeding to admire the art pieces. Suddenly, a group of bottles caught my eyes. It was a set of 4 bottles painted by Master Zhang Da Yong (张大勇) depicting the ancient beauties; each of the bottle was beautifully drawn and capture the different expressions and characteristics of the individual beauties. I was intuitively drawn to this set of bottle and spend all my time admiring this particular set of bottles.
The first time I met Master Zhang Da Yong (张大勇) face to face was in spring 2009. His Mongolian hospitality and his love, knowledge and pride towards the Chinese culture was most impressive. Over the years, Master Zhang has evolved and become a mature artist. I would like to share my observations and a few key notes about his passion and his art.
A piece of successful art is a reflection of the artist’s innovative spirit, intellectual capacity, core values and his passion and expression towards life. Master Zhang Da Yong (张大勇) work certainly exhibits all of these elements.
A desert landscape with a camel caravan. This bottle uses multi-layer of splash ink to draw out the fluid and moving sand in the vast and endless Gobi desert. The camel caravan at the background added to the loneliness of the travelers moving across this harsh and unpredictable environment.
A portrait of Ba Da Shan Ren (八大山人), who is the decedent of the overthrown Ming Empire. The portrait depict Ba Da living in seclusion among the mountain with a deep feeling of sorrow and sadness for the fall of his country to the Qing Emperor. Master Zhang cleverly painted the portrait back facing the waterfall and in a subtle way, showed Ba Da as a proud and uncompromising person.
The bottle depicted the mysterious love affair between the Cao Zhi (曹植), the forth son of Cao Cao (曹操), and his elder brother’s wife Zhen Shi (甄氏). Master Zhang used the falling autumn leaves, a vast and silent sea between the lovers to express how much they missed each other and how impossible for them to be together. The bottle expresses the mood of Cao Zhi; his sadness and loneliness, with the thought of his lover lingering on his mind.
by Peng JianDe (彭健德)
Translated from The Art of Inside Painting 2014 First Publication
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