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Fisher Girl, original cast bronze sculpture by Pan He 1 of 2, 2007
The original marble Fisher Girl, made in 1979, can be seen on a rock, just off the coast in the north of Zhuhai, China, the sister city of Macau, and is the iconic symbol of that southern coastal Chinese city.
Even legends have grown up around her.
Pan likes to make sculpture that will eventually draw people to areas that have few visitors before. He also makes his tributes, not to the government, but to the people. The fisher girl holds a pearl above her head. The true meaning of the sculpture is that the Chinese people work hard and gather many of the natural resources that China has, while Beijing gets all of the credit and the benefit.
Pan made a copy of it, in cast bronze, as a gift for Sichuan after the earthquake. The one we are offering would be a second casting of this version, which will be limited to no more than 9 castings. The picture shown here is a fiberglass model made from the same cast as the bronze.
We also offer a smaller version (40 cm high) artist's proof that was done in 1979.
Male Bust (3), original cast bronze sculpture (original artist's proof) by Pan He (潘鹤)
Several years ago, Pan He was bed-ridden from illness. Never one to waste time, He produced about fifty small busts of men and women, sculpting them from clay and having them sent to his studio for casting in bronze. Indeed the media has spun its own story about these pieces, dubbing the male busts as the 18 heroes. That is not actually the case, and there were more than 50, including both men and women, many of which are still in He's possession.
This one has a Western look, a suit and a tie, although he tells us that it is a Chinese man.
Recently (summer 2012), the Guangdong Art Museum had an exhibition of some of the works from the bed-ridden series. As this is one of the few that has come onto the market, it offers a rare opportunity to own the work of this great Chinese sculptor, the Rodin of China.
Ox, original sculpture (original artist's proof) by He Pan (潘鹤) (2008)
The ox is one of the animals in the Chinese zodiac, but, more importantly, it is Pan He's zodiac sign. In fact, people say that he made this one to commemorate the latest year of the ox, 2009, when he turned 84, but it was really originally part of one of the Hakka series. To tell the whole story, Pan made his Hakka mother and child, as it appears on the above hyperlinked page, but the government asked him to add the ox, so that a few original artist's proofs were actually made without the ox, and several later proofs were made with it. In the finalized series version, the mother and ox are mounted on a representation of the traditional Hakka tasseled hat, and the ox has a brible.
It is a thoughtful piece with the earnest expression that the hard-working ox should have. It was made with the love that one should have for one's zodiac animal. It is an opportunity to own a meaningful work by this great Guangdong artist, the Michelangelo of China.
Mother and Child, original cast bronze sculpture (artist's proof) from the Hakka series
by Pan He (潘鹤)
The original calligraphy symbol for Guangzhou meant the 100 tribes, and the so-called Hakka Minority is one of those tribes. Like many of the minority peoples, the Hakka still wear their traditional dress and live in much the same manner as they did a century ago. Lin Feng Mian, one of the fathers of modern Chinese oil painting and one-time head of the famed Hangzhou School of Art was a member of the Hakka minority.
In this sculpture, a mother with her traditional Hakka hat carries her child papoose-style, strapped to her back, and she carries a walking stick to help her through the mountainous terrain where the Hakka live.
It is one in a series of studies of the Hakka, in sculpture, by Pan He. It is one of the original versions of the sculpture and the complete sculpture includes the ox, shown on another page. Pan Fen, Pan He's son, also makes a version of this and signs his father's name, a picture of which we show in the hyperlinked page.
Yang Yin, original cast bronze sculpture by Pan He
Born in the late 1800's, Yang Yin was a compatriot of Sun Yat Sen and joined his revolution. Eventually, he joined up with the next revolution, the communist revolution, and is considered to be one of the founding fathers of the Chinese communist party. As it happens, he is also Pan He's uncle.
He is shown here with hands bound, his legs chained, and mouth wide open, singing The Communist Party anthem, while on his way to being executed by the other party. The larger version of this sculpture is in Guangzhou's Martyrs' Park, as one of several martyrs of the Chinese communist cause.
Pan He's sculpture is never what you expect from a Chinese artist, but Pan He's idols were, after all, Michelangelo and Rodin. Yang's flowing robes give the sculpture a more Classical Roman feeling.
Yuan Chong Huan (袁崇焕),
original cast bronze sculpture by Pan He (潘鹤).
Yuan Chong Huan, born in Guangdong, was a military leader, during the Ming Dynasty, who could not be defeated. During his early years, he had the chance to meet and interact with Jesuits and other foreigners, whereby he expanded his knowledge of the world. Eventually, he was sent to the northern front and was one of the first Chinese commanders to successfully incorporate Western military tactics into his battle plan. As a result, he was key in successfully defending against a number of attempts by the Manchurians to conquer China, in the 1600's. As he was undefeatable on the battlefield, in order to defeat him, his enemies spread rumors about his loyalty to the emperor. In fact, it took a hundred years before his name was cleared by the Qianlong Emperor.
In this piece, you can see the profound influence that Michelangelo's work has had on Pan. The sculptural style, along with the flowing robes and hair, remind me more of a Renaissance piece than one from twentieth century China. In fact, it is my favorite piece out of all of his sculpture, and the story behind the sculpture is a great example of the type of social and political commentary that Pan likes to make with his art: mesmerizing the eyes of those who see it, while touching the hearts and minds of those who also understand its deeper meaning.
In this original version of the sculpture, Yuan is shown, his head held high, climbing the symbolic mountain to hand in his sword to the emperor, who ultimately had him executed. The final version, which was changed for the larger version that sits in his hometown, Dongguan, which is now a big factory town, is shown in the linked page. In truth, we find the original version much more appealing, while the township wanted a more Chinesey looking version, which we find kind of cheesy.
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