Attr. to Feng Zikai ‘Young boy with dog’
‘Young boy with a dog (shar pei)’
Modern 20th century.
Signed by or dedicated to ‘Feng . . . Manhattan’ in stylish script, this painting is very much in the style both of the renowned Chinese artist Fan Zheng (born 1938) and the artist who influenced him greatly, Feng Zikai.
Note: Feng Zikai (1898-1975) was one of the most influential of Chinese artist at the beginning of the 20th century. He is often referred to as ‘the Father of Chinese cartoonists’: he developed a distinct style with the use of traditional Chinese brush strokes in Western cartoon format. Children and animals very often appeared in his work and satirical humour can be present. He made a substantial contribution to the early development of comics (manhua) in China and, hardly surprisingly, was denounced at the onset of the Cultural Revolution in 1966. His reputation was not allowed to recover until long after his death in 1975.
Fan Zeng was born in Nantong in the Jiangsu Eastern province of China in 1938. He studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating, he worked at the National Museum of Chinese History. He is widely regarded as a master of traditional Chinese painting as well as more modern figure painting. Today he lives in Baochongzhai, Beijing. In 1983, he was accorded a unique honour when the Fan Zeng Art Museum was opened in Japan. In 1993, he was appointed Dean of the Oriental Art Department at Nankai University. He is also noted for his outstanding calligraphy.