Modern Chinese art masters in the limelight

By Lin Qi ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-03-15 07:33:16

Modern Chinese art masters in the limelight

Fu Baoshi shows sublime imagination in his mythical-themed ink painting God of Cloud and Great Lord of Fate. Photos provided to China Daily

Works by two leaders of modern Chinese painting will be on view in Hong Kong before going up for auction, Lin Qi reports.

Two huge paintings, by Chinese modern masters Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) and Fu Baoshi (1904-65) respectively, will be shown in Hong Kong from March 23 to April 6, before appearing at Poly Auction's major spring sales.

Wu's landscape on oil canvas, Zhouzhuang, represents his mastery in portraying picturesque Jiangnan or the southern area in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

He executed the work in 1997 using a simple palette-mainly black, white and gray-to bring out a sense of tranquility. He drew many blocks to outline Zhouzhuang's traditional folk houses that feature white walls and black roofs.

Wu received professional training at the national fine art school, now the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, studying under great painters including Lin Fengmian and Pan Tianshou. He furthered studies at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris in 1946, exposed to a vibrant scene of modern art movements. He stayed there till his return to China in the 1950s.

Wu's academic background enabled him to build up a distinguished art vocabulary that bridges the essence of Chinese ink and wash and Western oil painting.

His artworks show the influence of Minimalism, Cubism and abstract expressionist artists such as Jackson Pollock, but retain the literati temperament of Chinese art traditions.

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