Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), White Lotus. Dated 1965. Glassed and framed. Ink on Paper, Signature: "In the yisi-year (1965) for the Buddhist scholar Mr. Hu Ruanchi (Franz) in xunyiri (?) , Zhang Daqian Yuan from Shu in the Mojie Mountain Garden near Sao Paolo". Two seals of the artist: "Seal of Zhang Yuan" (Zhang Yuan zhi yinxin), "Daqian jushi". - Property from teh Haas Collection Frankfurt, bought from the collection Nikolaus Franz Collection, the former marketing manager of Lufthansa in Bresil - In 1953 Zhang Daqian bought a piece of land in the small town of Mogi (Mojie) near Sao Paolo in Brazil and transformed it during the following years into a traditional Chinese garden with lake, bamboo groves and paillons, where he lived until the early 1970s. He named it 'Mountain Garden of Mojie' (Mojie shanyuan) after the town of Mogi but also as allusion to Wei Mojie (Vimalakirti), the most famous Buddhist layman in ancient China, whose intellectual knowledge made him a model for the Chinese scholar. The lotus flower too has Buddhist connotations and is thought to symbolize the Buddhist paradise. When Zhang Daqian painted this one in 1965 in his garden near Sao Paolo he surely had some living models in his garden lake. It is a good example of his many lotus paintings in the splashed ink technique which he used around that time - Small mold stains 92,8 x 42 cm R.