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An image of Drinking under the moon by HE Jianguo

HE Jianguo

(China 1951 – )

Drinking under the moon
Place of origin
mid 20th century-late 20th century
Media category
Materials used
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
Accession number
© HE Jianguo
Not on display
Further information

'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.

Bibliography (3)

Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 8, 14 (illus.).

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

Exhibition history (4)

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