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Fine Chinese Paintings

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Hong Kong

Wu Guanzhong
(1919-2010)
SPRING SNOW
signed WU GUANZHONG, inscribed, and with two seals of the artist
ink and colour on paper, framed
66.5 by 136 cm. 26 1/8 by 53 ½ in.
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Catalogue Note

"Out in the snowland, except for dark shape, it is a mesmerizing sight of dazzling whiteness. With a closer look, however, the shades of white are not the same – they morph according to differences in altitude and depth of the terrain. It appears that xuan paper, known for its ability to convey artistic effects, works particularly well when illustrating the subtle gradation of snow".

 -Wu Guanzhong

"Snow mountain", as a popular painting theme by the artist, first appeared in his works as a depiction of Mount Daba in Sichuan in 1979 and was revisited time after time, including his renowned portrayals of Mount Yulong in Yunnan and the Himalayan Mountains in 1980s. While these works share the common aim to experiment the contrastive effect between black and white, executed predominately in these two colours, each exhibits distinctive aesthetic beauty and ambience of the landscapes.

Spring Snow offers a captivating wide-angle view of snow-capped mountain ridge, featuring the mighty white dome centered on the work. Rolling out gently along the valley, the icy slope was dotted by strikingly black ink at the tips of the peak, suggestive of vegetations peeking out from the snow. It was welcome by a warm shade of light blue across the foot of the hill, as rays of mellow sunlight filtered through the clouds and cast a hue of sky blue over the ground. The dazzling white, heavenly blue, together with the silver-grey surrounding the peak, create an ethereal and tranquil atmosphere.

The artist added his signature in 1990 when he saw this painting in Hong Kong. 

Fine Chinese Paintings

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Hong Kong