Sanyu (San Yu or Chang Yu常玉)

Sanyu born 14 October 1901 in Nanchong, Sichuan Province, was a Chinese-French painter.  The family’s wealth (Dehe Silk Factory) allowed Sanyu to be schooled at home which included calligraphy lessons and painting lessons.  In 1931, he travelled to Paris with Xu Beihong and later to Berlin.   After two years in Berlin, Sanyu returned to Paris in 1923, to register his study with Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, exploring lines on human form.  He has over 2000 ink and pencil drawings of nudes and figures.

The financial supports became irregular due to the downturn in the silk business back home.  Sanyu engaged Henri-Pierre Roche as his dealer for his artworks.  Over two years, Roche collected 111 paintings and 600 drawings by Sanyu.  But Sanyu’s constant demands for money became an emotional liability that Roche decided to drop the relationship in 1932.

Despite the sour note on which their relationship ended.  Roche had encouraged Sanyu to experiment with printmaking as a means of reaching a wider public at a lower cost.  In prints, Sanyu found that he could demonstrate the same sensitivity to economy of line as his drawings, using drypoint, an intaglio technique.  Drypoint worked particularly well for Sanyu, the small size of the plates lent an intimacy with the viewer and the fines lines conveyed the essence of his simplicity and skillful drawings.

All the sketching and drawing during his eight years in Paris served to prepare Sanyu for his eventual foray into oil painting.  His earliest oil painting is dated 1929.  By the early1930s Sanyu was fully committed to oil painting, never revisiting printmaking.

In 1948, Sanyu travelled to New York and met Robert Frank.  Frank organized an exhibition for Sanyu in New York but none of the paintings sold.  Disillusioned, Sanyu decided to return to Paris leaving all his paintings to Frank as a way of repaying him for supporting him during his two year stay in New York.  As Frank’s career as a photographer took off, he never forgot his dear friend and kept his paintings with him wherever he moved over the next 50 years.  In 1997, Frank sold these paintings and donated the proceeds to establish the Sanyu Scholarship Fund at Yale University to support Chinese students of art.

When Sanyu returned to Paris in 1950, even though the post-war art market was recovering, he still had little success in selling his paintings.  He managed to survive by painting furniture and doing some carpentry work for Chinese restaurants.

On 12 August 1966, Sanyu was found dead at his studio at 28 rue de la Sabliere, lying on his bed with a book propped against his chest.  He did not turn the stove off properly and the gas leak has killed him in his sleep.

(Extracted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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Souvenir de la Malmaison

Souvenir de la MalmaisonThis rose is dedicated to Josephine de Beauharnais or more commonly known as the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte; Empress Josephine of France.  She purchased Chateau de Malmaison in 1799 and had it landscaped in an English garden style.  The garden was noted for its wide collections of rose species.

Pierre Joseph Redoute was commissioned by her to paint the roses from her garden.  Les Roses was published in 1817-20 with 168 plates of roses; 75-80 of the roses were grew in Malmasion garden.  Unfortunately the rose collections in Malmasion were not catalogued and the rose garden was left in neglect after Josephine’s death.

The rose, Souvenir de la Malmaison was named in her honour, 30 years after her death in 1844.  Large, loosely double, wavy petals of clear rose pink veined with deep pink, with strong fragrance.

 

 

 

Sweet Juliet

This rose is named after Juliet Capulet, a character in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.  One of Juliet’s famous quote in the play is “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose.  By any other name would smell as sweet.” (Act II, Scene II).  A profound statement which suggested that a name is simply to distinguish one from another.  A rose, if named differently, would still smell as sweet.  It is a person that make a name instead of a name that make a person.

Sweet Juliet, is a shrub roses bred by David Austin.  Apricot in colour with neatly formed rosettes with fresh and strong tea rose scent.  I love this bloom especially when it is cupped like a bowl-shaped and not fully opened with the centre heavily petaled.

 

 

Sweet Juliet

Smallest and Largest Rose in the World

While looking at my small roses, I wondered how did the world largest roses looked like.  Google for the image was unsuccessful.  However, it was recorded that the largest rose is said to be bred by Nikita K Rulhoksoffski from San Onofre, California.  The rose is pink in colour and measure approximately 33 inches which is nearly 110cm in diameter.

Mini Rose

Mini Rose by Jase Lim

The Perfoliated Rose

The phenomenon of flower perfoliation is now called proliferation.  It is a deformity, whereby the stem continues to grow through the open flower, usually centrally but occasionally to one side.  The picture below shown an example of a perfoliated rose illustrated by Pierre Joseph Redoute’s from his book titled The Roses. 

Perfoliated Rose

Perfoliated Rose by Pierre Joseph Redoute

A Rose for Roald Dahl

‘Roald Dahl’ a new peach colour variety rose cultivated by David Austin to mark the 100 years birth of this beloved author, who also love gardening.  The young buds are a beautiful soft orange-red, the red reminiscent of the blush found on an actual peach. When fully open, they form medium-sized, cupped rosette blooms which are produced almost continuously with a mild fragrance. Despite their delicate appearance, they are robust enough to withstand even the most inclement weather.

The peach colour of the rose also brought to mind the eponymous peach in James and the Giant Peach, one of Roald Dahl’s best-loved novels.

Roald Dahl

 

A visit to Marina Bay Sand

Rain Oculus 2010 by Ned Kahn.  I was amazed by the giant acrylic dish installed at Marina Bay Sand.  The awesomeness was not only on the size but the effect.  If you stand apart from each other as far as possible and speak into the dish in normal tone, you can hear each other clearly as though that person is standing next to you, amazing!

Rain Oculus

Rain Oculus 2010 by Ned Kahn at Marina Bay Sand. Photo by Jase Lim

The Lily Pond at the Art and Science Museum is beautiful.

The Future World with the interactive digital media are interesting.  We have a good time at the Wave Room, Light Room and last but not least the Scan and Animated Room.