Liu Haisu (Chinese, 1896-1994) Cloudy Mount Huang
Lot 804
Liu Haisu (Chinese, 1896-1994)
Cloudy Mount Huang
HK$ 1.2 million - 1.8 million
US$ 150,000 - 230,000

Lot Details
Liu Haisu (Chinese, 1896-1994) Cloudy Mount Huang
Liu Haisu (Chinese, 1896-1994)
Cloudy Mount Huang
Oil on canvas, framed
Signed Haisu in Chinese and Liu Hai Su in English
Dated 1956
86cm x 150cm (33¾in x 59in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: a private Asian collector, acquired in Shanghai in the 1980s

    Published: Light of the Century-Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Artists' Western Painting, Chan Liu Art Museum, Taipei, 2011, pp.116-117

    Liu Haisu was not only a master in Chinese ink painting; he was also well versed in the oil medium. In order to discover new elements in Chinese painting, he devoted himself to educating young talents. When he was the Director of the Shanghai School of Fine Arts, he stood up against all objections and admitted Pan Yuliang into the Department of Western Paintings. This was truly a life-changing step for Pan, who eventually became a legendary painter, bringing western influence into Chinese painting. To advance his oil painting techniques, Liu travelled to Europe and launched large-scale oil painting exhibitions after returning to China in order to share his accomplishments with others.

    In 'Cloudy Mount Huang', Liu Haisu's thoughtful composition and brushstrokes accentuated the majestic expanse of Mount Huang, which was a major subject in his art. In 1954, he declared that he was finally able to comprehend the essence of Mount Huang scenes after making numerous trips there for inspiration. Using solid and bold outlines, Liu captured the dynamic and ever-changing beauty of the acclaimed mountain. 'Cloudy Mount Huang' is a classic example of oil paintings from his peak period in the 1950s.

    劉海粟 黃山蓮花峰雲海 油彩畫布 木框 一九五六年作

    簽名:海粟 1956 Liu Hai Su

    來源:亞洲私人藏家於1980年代得自上海

    出版:《世紀之光:近現代華人西畫名家精選集》,長流美術館,台北,2011年,頁116-117

    劉海粟不僅是一位出色的水墨畫家,他的油畫創作亦非常傑出。為求向革新中國畫注入新養分,劉海粟致力發掘具才華的年輕畫家。他在任職上海美術專科學校校長時,便力排眾議讓潘玉良入讀該校西畫系,為這位傳奇畫家開始了藝術之門。他本人亦曾遠赴歐洲學習,精研油畫,並於歸國後舉辦大型油畫展覽,分享成果。

    黃山為劉海粟作品的重要題材,1954年,經過多次到訪黃山後,劉海粟徹底領悟黃山的美之真諦。此幅〈黃山蓮花峰雲海〉,作於1956年,正屬劉海粟於1950年代黃山系列創作黃金時期的精品之一。畫中構圖經劉海粟匠心安排,充份展現了黃山的雄奇和遼闊,畫家以粗實的鐵筆線條捕捉黃山千變萬化的雲海奇觀。 
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