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Lot 083

HUANG YAO
b. China, 1917 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 1987

乐在其中   FOUR HAPPY CHILDREN, 1980


Signed and dated in Chinese with seal lower left
Ink and colour on rice paper mounted on scroll
30cm x 38cm (calligraphy)

46cm x 38cm (ink painting)

PROVENANCE
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.


ESTIMATE  RM 9,000 - 12,000
PRICE REALISED  RM 41,800

Huang Yao had always adored children and this special affinity was evident in many of his works. Four cherubic boys are depicted here merrily sitting under a tree performing an ancient Chinese activity – ear cleaning. The theatrical calligraphic banner above reads: ‘Enjoying themselves’ and the inscription below says: ‘Interesting’ – effortlessly done in his chu yun shu stamp. He developed this upside-down calligraphy meaning Emerging Cloud Writing, which rises naturally from the corner of his paintings like the appearance of clouds in the sky. The idea is to maintain a sense of innocence in his cartoons and paintings of children at play – as if written by a child.


REFERENCE
Return To Innocence: Huang Yao’s Painting of Happy Children, Dr Tan May Ling.
Rediscovered Talent, Huang Yao: Cartoonist/Scholar/Painter, Shanghai Art Museum, 2011.