In this present collage, Liu demonstrates the reconciliation of his interest in Chinese and Western styles in an atmosphere of artistic liberty, establishing his profound respect for Chinese and Western artistic heritage and continuity.3 The foreshortened angle and the delicate pencil drawing reveal Liu's mastery of the linear perspective of the woman and chiaroscuro in creating a convincing sense of three-dimensionality and spatial recession. Through the window however, one enters into a semi-abstract landscape; achieved using pale, loose ink washes. The style here is not only evocative of Haleakala's unique volcanic landscape, it is also reminiscent of the mists and clouds found in a traditional Chinese landscape. Liu's innovative juxtaposition of Chinese ink and Western drawing results in an intriguing image of cultural integration. The celebration of mixed elements evident in this work is extremely unique, especially in contrast to the development of Liu's mature dry-brush paintings of flowers (see Poppy, Lot 831), scholar stones and landscapes, for which he is renowned worldwide.
1 Morse, Marcia. "Artist Liu Dan Transcends Technique in New Work." The Sunday Star-Bulletin & Advertiser 30 April 1989: E10. Print
3 Jennifer Saville, "Works by Liu Dan", Honolulu Academy of Arts Calendar News, April 1989.
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