With their precise thin line drawing, the Tang figures are the best mural art in Dunhuang. After copying, Zhang began to imitate them. A heroine named Hong Fu Nu from a novel evoking the Tang dynasty became his inspiration for the ideal woman.
In 1944, Zhang performs a sumptuous portrait of this court woman in an elaborate costume, with bright colors on a background dotted with gold. The flexible expression of the woman is inspired by Ming style. This artwork, 125 x 75 cm including the subframe, was sold for 71 million yuan including premium by China Guardian on May 10, 2013.
In 1953, while in Argentina, Zhang executes a second version with an almost identical drawing, but without gold and fake frame and in a lighter tone. This ink and color on paper 135 x 57 cm will be sold by Sotheby's in Hong Kong on October 7, lot 1518. It is catalogued with a title in French, La Beauté Antique, following an exhibition in Paris in 1956.