One Hundred Tigers (百虎图), Zhang Ze (张择 ca. 1882 – 1940), Antique-Imitation Reproduction Print
- 102 in. long, 11 5/8 in. height
- Full length hand-scroll painting with anchor rods
- Antique-imitating reproduction on faux silk with durable draft paper lining
One Hundred Tigers (百虎图), ca. 1930s, by the noted mid-20th century Chinese traditional painter, Zhang Ze (张择，also known as 张善子， ca. 1882 – 1940) . He was the brother of Zhang Daqian (张大千)， one of the better known contemporary Chinese traditional landscape (“Mountains & Streams”) painters.
Zhang Ze was best known for his paintings of tigers amid Chinese traditional landscape settings. To capture tigers’ distinct markings and habitual movements in his paintings, he adopted a baby orphan tiger as a pet. During the anti-Japanese patriotic war in the 1930s, the artist was well publicized to use his art works to support and encourage his fellow country men by invoking the symbol of the tigers' strength, endurance and courage to represent the Chinese populace fighting the Japanese invaders.
This full-length hand-scroll reproduction represents one of his best known major works depicting one hundred tigers in a variety of moves and positions, such as resting, playing, stalking, hunting, in typical settings found in the Chinese traditional landscape paintings.