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Thatched Hut on Mount Lu

20th century


Lu Yanshao


1909 – 1993

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    20th century
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper
    67.0 x 136.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed c.l., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink, "…the year of Yazi (1984)…Lu Yanshao"
    Signed u.l., in Chinese, stamped in red ink “Lu Yanshao [artist's seal]"
    Signed u.l., in Chinese, stamped in red ink “Wanruo [artist's seal]"

    Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Teck-Chiow Lee 2005
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Lu Yanshao

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Lu Yanshao (also known as Di or Wanruo) was born in 1909 in the south of Shanghai in Jiading County. He was a famous artist, highly skilled in poetry, prose, calligraphy, and landscape painting.

    Lu was admitted to the Wuxi Fine Arts training school in 1927, and was a student of a leading painter of the time, Feng Chaoran (1882-1954). Around the same time, Lu met another famous painter Wu Hufan (1894-1970). Wu, together with Feng, broadened Lu's knowledge and expertise in painting, introducing him to many famous works from ancient China. In 1962 Lu joined the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in eastern China, and later became a professor of traditional painting. He also served as director of the Zhejiang Institute of Painting.

    Lu is considered to be one of the major landscape painters of 20th century China. He introduced the technique of 'liubai' (leaving blank spaces) and 'mokuai' (applying clusters of ink), drawing on his study of classic paintings. Combined with Lu's unique method of outlining clouds, the effect is to increase the depth of his paintings. His restless, trembling brushstrokes give the rocks, mountains and water a shimmering movement, an impression that is evident in this painting.

    The inscription at the top left hand side of the scroll indicates the painting is inspired by the prose of one of the Tang dynasty's greatest poets and scholars Bai Juyi (773-817).

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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