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Drinking under the moon

mid 20th century-late 20th century


He Jianguo


1951 – 01 Nov 2021

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    mid 20th century-late 20th century
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink on paper
    177.0 x 32.0 cm image; 237.0 x 49.0 x 58.0 cm scroll
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Anonymous gift 1990
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © HE Jianguo

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    Artist information
    He Jianguo

    Works in the collection


  • About

    'This painting, a freely rendered ink-play, reflects the persistence of tradition in late-twentieth century China despite increasing diversification into experimental and installation art. He Jianguo - a talented, idiosyncratic, self-taught painter - seeks to revitalize the centuries-old, literati tradition of the intuitive, amateur painter, while subversively spicing it with lessons from Western artists such as Picasso, Cézanne and Kandinsky. His brushstrokes, calligraphy and sense of composition and space are remarkably free and novel, and point the way to the revitalisation of literati painting. The inscription, in his strong and emphatic style, reads:

    'We gathered in the mid-Autumn Festival to drink to the moon until drunk and fell all over the place.''

    'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pgs. 208-209.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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