'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.
Place where the work was made
mid 20th century-late 20th century
hanging scroll; ink on paper
177.0 x 32.0 cm image; 237.0 x 49.0 x 58.0 cm scroll
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Anonymous gift 1990
Not on display
© HE Jianguo
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995
Brushstrokes from Asia (1997), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 25 Jan 1997–20 Apr 1997
Chinese New Literati Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Aug 1997–05 Oct 1997
Ink: Whiteley and others (2006), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 29 Apr 2006–20 Aug 2006
Referenced in 3 publications
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