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Eagle on a Tree Trunk



Huang Shen 黃愼

(Chinese, 1687–after 1768)
Image: 124 x 45 cm (48 13/16 x 17 11/16 in.); Overall: 213.2 x 61.2 cm (83 15/16 x 24 1/8 in.)
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With its wings partially lifted and sharp beak open in expectation, the eagle seems intent on some unseen prey below.


Huang Shen’s swift painting style is paralleled in his calligraphy. The vertical line in running script echoes the fluid form of the eagle on a tree trunk covered with a twisted vine. A native of Fujian province, Huang came to Yangzhou in 1724 to make his living as a painter. He needed years to develop a style that met the taste of his clients. He eventually became known as a figure painter and as one of the Eccentrics from Yangzhou, a group of local artists known for their unorthodox painting style.
Eagle on a Tree Trunk

Eagle on a Tree Trunk


Huang Shen

(Chinese, 1687–after 1768)
China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong reign (1736–95)

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