216
216
Li Huayi
YELLOW BODHISATTVAS
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT
216
Li Huayi
YELLOW BODHISATTVAS
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Asian Art

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New York

Li Huayi
B. 1948
YELLOW BODHISATTVAS
signed in Chinese, dated gengshen (1980), and with three seals of the artist
hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
58 by 38 in. 147.5 by 97 cm
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Provenance

Roberta English Gallery, Sausalito
Shuisongshi shanfang collection, England

Catalogue Note

"Among the places I went was Dunhuang, one of China's great Buddhist cave sites. Dunhuang was important to me for a number of reasons.  The art there was real, some of it more than fifteen hundred yers old... In many cases the painting is rough, but I loved it because it is full of energy, in part because the artists worked on hard surfaces with temperas and gouache in opaque colors.  So I played with opaque colors and Dunhuang styles on paper. Even today, I like to use opaque colors on dark background, which is an early Chinese tradition.  The challenge is to use scheme elegently.  Studying Dunhuang painting convinced me I could not start a new art without becoming familiar with as many traditions as I could."
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(Michael Knight and Li Huayi, The Monumental Landscapes of Li Huayi, San Francisco:  Asian Art Museum, 2004, pp. 43-45)

Contemporary Asian Art

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New York