Selected Works of Wu Guanzhong, Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House and Foreign languages Press, Beijing, 1990, p.49 The Complete Works of Wu Guanzhong, vol. VI, Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House, August 2007, p.158
The artist began to paint the buzzing scenes of Jiangnan’s waterway and alleys after his visit to Suzhou in 1980. Using his numerous preparatory sketches of Suzhou’s Shantang river, he later created numerous artworks of similar themes and compositions. The white-walled houses with black-tiled roof along the flowing waterway, the bridge afar, people in bright-coloured clothes who are either walking on the alley or paddling their boats, these have all become the indicatives of Wu Guanzhong’s oeuvre. Furthermore, the triangular roofs, the elongated river and the curvy arch under the bridge, these lines and shapes render the beauty of forms that Wu pursued. As one of his most satisfying editions of Jiangnan, he later picked this painting for Rong Bao Zhai to produce 200 woodblock prints.
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