Young Man Akimbo Oil on canvas, framed Signed Chiu Ya Tsai in English Titled in Chinese on the wooden stretcher Painted in 2000 130cm x 97cm (51¼in x 38¼in).
Provenance: Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong Acquired directly from the above by the present owner
Published: Johnson Chang and Chiu Ya-Tsai, Chiu Ya-Tsai, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, 2000, p.24
邱亞才 叉腰的青年 油彩畫布 鏡框 二〇〇〇年作
簽名：Chiu Ya Tsai 背面畫布框簽標題：叉腰的青年
來源： 香港漢雅軒畫廊 現藏家購自上述畫廊
'Young Man Akimbo' is a prime example of Chiu Ya Tsai's work and visual language. Inspired by tales of Chinese and Western literature and history and their protagonists and heroes, Chiu Ya-Tsai creates delicate portraits of the literati, the intelligentsia in Taiwan. His intention is to depict the mind of the person, hence the focus on the face and the slender bodies, simply outlined in a couple of strokes. The artist's rendering is very modern while this minimalism is actually reminiscent of the his study of Chinese paintings from the Han to Tang dynasties. In this very portrait, the figure's eyes evoke quiet introversion and loneliness, capturing the intangible modern sensibility of an academician. In his portraits, Chiu Ya Tsai explores the simultaneous humble, arrogant, decadent and fragile essence of the human nature. He is one of the most highly recognized Taiwanese painters of the 20th century.
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