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Ma Shouzhen was one of China’s finest women artists, but unlike most noted female painters in Chinese history, she was an independent woman, unrelated to any other painter. Ma’s works were famous in her own time. In fact, a record states that her artistic fame had spread so far that envoys from Thailand knew to buy and collect her fans.
The date on this magnificent work was also the last year of her life.
[Fritz Low-Beer]; Eli Lilly (for $1,200. from Feb. 1949 list by W. Peat); given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1960.