元 钱选 花鸟图卷
Birds and Flowers
Hand scroll, ink and colour on paper
Height 38cm, Width 316.7cm
Qian Xuan was an important early Yuan artist, accomplished in landscape, bird and flower, and figure painting. The lifelike style of Qian’s bird and flower painting skilfully captured the animated and spontaneous mood of the natural world. These works were highly influential on bird and flower paintings both during the Yuan and in subsequent ears. This painting is split into three sections: peach blossoms and a blue-green bird, peonies, and plum blossoms. Qian has inscribed each section with a self-authored poem, the content of which corresponds with the painted subject. This piece is one of Qian Xuan’s finest bird and flower paintings. The imagery is meticulously rendered in powerful and firm brushwork that imbues the work with a sense of vitality.
Qian Xuan had the style name Shun Ju, and the personal name Jade Pool. He was a native of Wuxing in Zhejiang, and was a talented poet and an accomplished painter and calligrapher, skilled in landscape, figure painting, and bird and flower subjects. His innovative style of figure painting, with its lofty archaism and use of gossamer thread strokes to depict clothing, was highly praised at the time.