Xu Lele brings the great tradition of literati painting in China into a humorous, almost satirical, contemporary idiom. The composition is drawn from the vocabulary of Ming and Qing dynasty court and literati painting styles, and yet it evokes a sense of the modern in its colour, humour and gentle satire.
‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’, pg.175.
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Place where the work was made
hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper
127.0 x 33.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink, “the Summer of the year of Jiaxu (1994), Le…”.
Signed c.r., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Le [artist's seal]”.
Signed c.r., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Xu [artist's seal]”.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Chinese New Literati Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Aug 1997–05 Oct 1997
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Sydney, 2003, 175 (colour illus.).