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Title

The great desert


Artist

WU Zuoren

China

1908 - 1997


About

‘The work of Wu Zuoren exemplifies the way in which the traditional brush-and-ink technique of Chinese painting can be transformed into an entirely modern idiom. Wu studied with another of the great modern masters of Chinese painting, Xu Beihong, and then from 1930 to 1935 he studied and worked in France and Belgium. His distinctive use of broad wet brushstrokes in the ‘mogu hua’, or ‘boneless’ style, that is one worked in brush washes of ink rather than brush lines, hints at the Western styles that he would have absorbed while in Europe, like his mentor Xu Beihong. Wu is particularly renowned for his appealing images of camels, yaks, oxen and pandas and for his evocations of the Gobi desert.’

‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.171
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales


Details


Other Titles

Damo - great desert

Camels in the Gobi Desert

Damo (The great desert)


Place where the work was made

China


Date

1977


Media category

Painting


Materials used

hanging scroll; ink on paper


Dimensions

69.8 x 45.7 cm image; 159.5 x 60.3 x 69.7 cm scroll


Signature & date

Signed and dated u.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink, “Zuoren…in 1977”. Signed u.r., in Chinese, stamped in red ink “Wu” [artist's seal].


Credit

Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

591.1993


Artist information

WU Zuoren

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 263 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 14, 15 (illus.). Cat.no.4.6

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Chinese Painting, Sydney, 1985, cat no 25.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Sydney, 2003, 171 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Chinese Painting, 'Wu Zuoren', Sydney, 1985, 14 (illus.). Cat.no.25