Although Li Jin is known for his humour and irreverence, Southern beauty is an intimate painting that captures a subtle moment of introspection. A woman in a purple qipao sits alone outdoors at a table set with a flower, three cherries and a cup of tea. The inscription beside her is from a poetic couplet by the modern philosopher Kang Youwei (1858–1927) that celebrates the beauty of nature.
Place where the work was made
ink and colour on Xuan paper
35.0 x 46.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed 'Li Jin Zhi [in Chinese]'. Not dated.
Signed certificate of authenticity l.l., black ink "Yeqin Zuo". Dated l.r., black ink "3 Dec. 2020".
Gift of the Joy and Harold Marchant Foundation 2020
© Li Jin
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Way We Eat, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2021–2022