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Title

Drinking under the moon

mid 20th century-late 20th century


Artist

HE Jianguo

China

1951 -


About

'This painting, a freely rendered ink-play, reflects the persistence of tradition in late-twentieth century China despite increasing diversification into experimental and installation art. He Jianguo - a talented, idiosyncratic, self-taught painter - seeks to revitalize the centuries-old, literati tradition of the intuitive, amateur painter, while subversively spicing it with lessons from Western artists such as Picasso, Cézanne and Kandinsky. His brushstrokes, calligraphy and sense of composition and space are remarkably free and novel, and point the way to the revitalisation of literati painting. The inscription, in his strong and emphatic style, reads:

'We gathered in the mid-Autumn Festival to drink to the moon until drunk and fell all over the place.''

'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pgs. 208-209.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

mid 20th century-late 20th century


Media category

Painting


Materials used

hanging scroll; ink on paper


Dimensions

177.0 x 32.0 cm image; 237.0 x 49.0 x 58.0 cm scroll


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Anonymous gift 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

446.1990


Artist information

HE Jianguo

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 8, 14 (illus.). Cat.no.2.5

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 208 (colour illus.), 209.

INK: Whiteley and Others, Sydney, 2006. List of works