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LI Fenggong (李鳳公)

LI Fenggong (李鳳公) (1884 – 1967), original name Fengting (鳳廷), was a native of Dong Guǎn, Guǎng dōng (廣東東莞). He learnt painting from his father in his early age, and at the same time he studied the techniques of Western painting. Li taught painting at Guangzhou Municipal Art School (廣州市立美術學校) and other institutions in Guangzhou (廣州). In 1925 he founded the Chinese Painting Research Society (國畫研究會) with Lǐ Yáopín (李瑤屏) and Zhào Hàogōng (趙浩公). Li migrated to Hong Kong and he continued teaching fine art. (Chiu Soong–ngar 趙崇雅 was one of his best students.) Li was the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Hong Kong Chung Kok Chinese Art Club (香港中國美術會) in 1960.

Li has a profound knowledge in the painting techniques of the old masters and excelled in painting flowers, birds, figures and landscapes. He also excelled in seal carving (篆刻) and authentication. His published works include A Discussion on Painting by Fenggong (鳳公畫語), Colouring Techniques (調色法) and History of Chinese Art (中國藝術史), etc.

 

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Li Fenggong, 1962, Orange Daylily (萱草), 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 萱壽圖 壬寅秋月 李鳳公, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection

 

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Li Fenggong, 1962, Orange Daylily (萱草), 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 壬寅秋月 李鳳公, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection

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Li Fenggong, 1962, Bamboo in red (朱竹), 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 勁節高風 壬寅 李鳳公, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection
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Li Fenggong, 1962, Bamboo in red (朱竹), 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 清風高節 壬寅秋 李鳳公, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection
Li Fenggong, 1962, Orchid and Bracket fungi (Ganoderma) 靈芝, 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 芝蘭圖 壬寅 李鳳公, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection
Li Fenggong, 1962, Orchid and Bracket fungi (Ganoderma) 靈芝, 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 芝蘭圖 壬寅 李鳳公, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection
Li Fenggong, 1962, Bamboo and Peach Blossom, 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 雙清圖 壬寅 李鳳公, Seal: 鳳公六十之後作(白紋), private collection
Li Fenggong, 1962, Bamboo and Peach Blossom, 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 雙清圖 壬寅 李鳳公, Seal: 鳳公六十之後作(白紋), private collection
Li Fenggong, 1962, Three Autumn Flowers (三秋圖), 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 三秋圖 壬寅秋仲 李鳳公于香江, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection
Li Fenggong, 1962, Three Autumn Flowers (三秋圖), 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 三秋圖 壬寅秋仲 李鳳公于香江, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection
Li Fenggong, 1962, Flowers, 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 壬寅秋月 李鳳公寫于香江, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection
Li Fenggong, 1962, Flowers, 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 壬寅秋月 李鳳公寫于香江, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection
Li Fenggong, 1962, Vegetables, 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 辛廚風味 壬寅 李鳳公于香江, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection
Li Fenggong, 1962, Vegetables, 24 x 36 cm, ink and watercolour on paper. Inscriptions: 辛廚風味 壬寅 李鳳公于香江, Seal: 鳳公(朱紋), private collection

Bibliography :

http://baike.baidu.com/view/1909303.htm (highly recommended, there are 31 images of Li’s works)

Chu Christina, et al (1991) Modern Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Taiyilou Collection (太乙樓藏中國近代書畫), Hong Kong Museum of Art

香港中國美術會四十周年紀念 書畫第十三集

鄭春霆 (1987) 嶺南近代畫人傳略 廣雅社

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