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Title

Pencil drawing No. 3

1988

Artist

Fang Lijun

China

1963 -

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    铅笔画 3号 [Qianbihua 3hao]
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Date
    1988
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    pencil on paper
    Dimensions
    54.8 x 79.1 cm image; 78.7 x 94.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    328.1993
    Copyright
    © Lijun Fang
    Artist information
    Fang Lijun

    Works in the collection

    2

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    Since the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) successive generations of young Chinese artists have experimented with different ideas and styles, while engaging in an exploratory dialogue with Western philosophy, literature and culture. Academic realism has been taught at Chinese art academies since the 1940s and continues to be a main technique influenced by Classical European art and individual artists such as American painter Andrew Wyeth. While some of the artists of the first two post-Revolution generations depicted the harsh realities of rural poverty and misery with a humane concern, there emerged a third, more despairing generation of artists. Fang Lijun epitomises the generation that adopted a kind of "rogue cynicism" which reflected their acute feeling of the meaninglessness and hopelessness of their own lives and society. Fang Lijun graduated from the printmaking department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. This drawing was one of several he prepared for his graduation assignment with the intention of converting them to etchings. The student demonstrations and Tiananmen Square massacre disrupted classes and the final prints were never made.

    'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 209., Since the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) successive generations of young Chinese artists have experimented with different ideas and styles, while engaging in an exploratory dialogue with Western philosophy, literature and culture. Academic realism has been taught at Chinese art academies since the 1940s and continues to be a main technique influenced by Classical European art and individual artists such as American painter Andrew Wyeth. While some of the artists of the first two post-Revolution generations depicted the harsh realities of rural poverty and misery with a humane concern, there emerged a third, more despairing generation of artists. Fang Lijun epitomises the generation that adopted a kind of "rogue cynicism" which reflected their acute feeling of the meaninglessness and hopelessness of their own lives and society. Fang Lijun graduated from the printmaking department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. This drawing was one of several he prepared for his graduation assignment with the intention of converting them to etchings. The student demonstrations and Tiananmen Square massacre disrupted classes and the final prints were never made. 'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 209.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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