While painting figurative works Zeng had a parallel interest in landscape, which gradually took on greater presence in his paintings, which exploded in the latest Untitled series of recent years. The landscapes, often in the form of thick woods with or without human presence, are made up of frenzied and animated lines that seem to suggest forces of nature rather than the foliage themselves. The psychological intensity is taken to a greater height with these paintings almost suggesting the helplessness of human beings in the midst of nature and possibly of social and human condition.
- Excerpt from an exhibition catalogue essay titled "Zeng Fanzhi: Idealism", published in Zeng Fanzhi: Idealism, Singapore Art Museum, 2007. Essay by Kwok Kian Chow, founding director of the Singapore Art Museum.
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