Lot n° 344
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SADJI (1914-2005). BBouquet of flowers. Oil... - Lot 344 - FW Auction
SADJI (1914-2005). BBouquet of flowers. Oil on canvas signed lower right. 100,5 x 79,5 cm. SADJI " The Chinese Van Gogh ".
Sha Qi, known as Sadji in Europe, was born in Ningbo in 1914. Lulled into art from an early age, he entered the ChangMing College of Fine Arts in Shanghai in 1929 and studied at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts in 1932. In 1934, the young man was accepted into the art department of Nanjing Central University, where he met his mentor, Xu Beihong (1895-1953), then professor and head of the art department.
In 1937, after being recommended by Xu, Sadji left China to study Western painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium. He studied under Alfred Bastien (1873-1955), a post-impressionist painter who focused on the effects of light and developed a discreet luminism. In Sadji's work we find borrowings from post-impressionism, expressionism and abstract expressionism. In 1938, he received the first prize of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Belgium. The following year, he graduated with the highest distinction and won the "Gold Medal for Excellence in Art".
Our painter spent ten years of his life in Europe. He organized several exhibitions, including the one in 1945 in the small gallery, where our painting was exhibited. In 1946, in a state of psychological suffering following the great war, Sadji returned to his native country where he resided until the end of his life. After a few years, the loss of his family plunged him into a depression. Despite a difficult end of life, he will never give up his love and dedication to art.
During the Belgian period, we can observe the influence of Flemish baroque painting in his portraits and find the characteristics of realism in his landscapes.
"The Park of Brussels" shows a remarkable pictorial mastery of light and colour. Finally, let us note the particularly large format of this canvas which seems to be one of the artist's largest paintings.
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