Lot 3609
  • 3609

Liu Guosong (Liu Kuo-sung)

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1,200,000 - 1,600,000 HKD
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6,280,000 HKD
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Description

  • Liu Guosong (Liu Kuo-sung)
  • Midnight Sun
  • ink and colour on Liu Kuo-sung paper
  •  150.8 by 371 cm., 59 1/3  by 146 1/8  in.
signed LIU GUOSONG, dated 1970, and with two seals of the artist
executed between 1969 - 1970

Provenance

Lo Shan Tang, London
Picaflora Collection, Texas

Literature

Hall, Robert, and Edwin Miller. Lo Shan Tang. Contemporary Chinese Paintings. London: Lo Shan Tang, 1988, no. 55

Catalogue Note

As a student of both traditional ink painting and Western expressionist oil painting, Liu Guosong’s experimentation with textured paper surfaces and vivid colors is one of the most significant contributions to new ink painting in the 20th century. Drawing ink onto paper from a wet, watery surface, or using an airbrush with acrylic colour, his non-brushwork based paintings combine both abstract and expressionist visions in landscape painting. “Midnight Sun” is a massive painting inspired by the manned moon landing in 1969, whereupon Liu began to synthesize geometric forms with his explorations in brushwork. This painting is an early example of subsequent moon-inspired landscapes and his combination of expressionist brushwork and defined forms that influenced the next generation of painters.
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