QIAN DAJUN (1893-1982)
Excerpt from Analects and The Art of War in Seal Script

A pair of hanging scrolls, ink on paper
Excerpt from Analects measures 89 x 30 cm. (35 x 11 ¾ in.)
The Art of War measures 64 x 29 cm. (25 ¼ x 11 ⅜ in.)
Excerpt from Analects:
Inscribed and signed, with four seals of the artist
Dated spring,dinghaiyear (1947)
The Art of War:
Inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist
Dated first month,jiashenyear (1944)
Both dedicated to Xianghua (General Zhang Fakui)
General Zhang Fakui (1896-1980), born in Guangdong province, was Second Lieutenant General in the Army of the Nationalist Party of China. He was an active participant during the Sino-Japanese war and had a prominent career in the army. He was successively appointed as Group Army Commander in Chief, Army Corp Commander in Chief and Military Region Commander in Chief. After the war, he was appointed a member of the Presidential Strategic Advisory Board. In March 1949, he became the Army Chief, but resigned in July and permanently moved to Hong Kong.

Although Zhang spent his life in the military, he saw the arts as an integral part of education and established schools to educate future generations. He also donated sets of important encyclopaedias to the National Library.

Works from this collection were sold in Christie’s Fine Chinese Modern Paintings sale in Hong Kong in 2012, 2014 and Spring 2018. Three works from the collection are also available in Christie’s Hong Kong Fine Chinese Modern Paintings sale on 26 November 2018. (Lots 1242-1244)
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Qian Dajun went abroad to Japan to study artillery in 1917 and returned to serve as Whampoa Military Academy Instructor. Later, he served key military positions in the Republican Army under Chiang Kai-shek. Qian had extensive knowledge of ancient Chinese literature and calligraphy, and wrote important documents for Chiang during the war.

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