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Title

Landscape of Liuzhou


Artist

LU Yanshao

China

1909 - 1993


About

‘Born in Shanghai, Lu Yanshao is acknowledged as one of the major and most innovative landscape painters of 20th-century China. Before joining the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1962 he was widely recognised as a distinguished artist and seal carver. His style is characterised by the tremulous energy in his landscapes as though the air, water, rocks and mountains are in constant and often uncertain motion. They convey the contradictory effects of stability, in the representation of nature and the landscape, and uncertainty, in the deliberately nervous brushwork. The long inscription at the end of the scroll states that the painting was inspired by the writings of the Tang dynasty official Liu Zizhou (Liu Zongyuan) who, in the reign of the Emperor Xianzong (806-20), had been banished to Liu county following his involvement in a failed political reform movement. The inscription reads: ‘Liu Zizhou (also name Zongyuan) had been banished to Liu County by the Tang Court. Amid the mountains and streams Liu wrote his famous prose, now considered to be the highest among all. Han Changli [768-824: Tang dynasty scholar] made a critique which highly praised Liu’s prose. Now I, Lu Yanshao, visited Liu County and my painting is inspired by the scenery and the historical accounts made by Han Changli. The sixth month of the ‘Yichou’ year [1985], Lu Yanshao at Xizi Lake.’

‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.173.
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

1985


Media category

Painting


Materials used

handscroll; ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

209.6 x 45.7 cm image; 210.0 x 46.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed c.l., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink, "The sixth month of the year of Yichou (1985), Lu Yanshao... " Signed u.r., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Lu Yanshao [artist's seal]". Signed u.r., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Yanshao [artist's seal]". Signed c.l., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Yanshao [artist's seal]" Signed c.l., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Wanruo [artist's seal]".


Credit

Gift of Mr Lee Teck-Chiow 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

125.2000


Artist information

LU Yanshao

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
China

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Sydney, 2003, 173 (colour illus.). The colour illus. below on page 173 is a detail of this work.