Lot 518
  • 518

Tang Haiwen

50,000 - 60,000 HKD
50,000 HKD
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  • Tang Haiwen
  • Sans titre (diptych)
  • ink on paper
  • 69.4 by 99.6 cm.   27 3/8  by 39 1/4  in. (overall)
    69.4 by 49.9 cm.   27 3/8  by 19 5/8  in. (left)
    69.4 by 49.7 cm.   27 3/8  by 19 1/2  in. (right)
signed in pinyin and Chinese


Private European Collection

Catalogue Note

The oeuvre of Tang is coherent to the European Post-War art scene. With his shift in painting style, the medium he used also changed from oil to ink, water colour and acrylic on paper, which display the essence of Eastern culture that was deeply rooted in him. His Forest (Lot 608) from 1964 depicts a relaxing stroll in the forest using a flat composition. It reminds us of the nostalgic country life that Marc Chagall missed. Even though the artist turned to abstraction later on, viewers could nonetheless sense the traveler's spirit steeped in his works. Untitled (Lot 611), Untitled , Untitled (Lot 612) and a set of four paintings Untitled (Lot 609) were as if chapters from a traveler's diary. In addition, the inner journey was crucial to Tang. They directed the lines, ink washes and symbols to form his pure abstract pieces: Untitled (Lot 518), Untitled (Lot 519) and Untitled (Lot 610) all created a sense of drifting consciousness through the movement of ink. As the artist commented on his oeuvre, "My paintings are neither abstract nor figurative. They do not represent any worldly matters but intend to surpass the boundary of consciousness and to create a new form to denote the nature and its rhythm."