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).
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.