Silk and Silence Oil on canvas, framed Singed Wang Yidong in Chinese and English Dated 1990 115cm x 88.3cm (45¼in x 34¾in).
Provenance: purchased at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 4 May 1995, Lot 1252
王沂東 寧靜 油彩畫布 鏡框 一九九〇年作
簽名：王沂東 Wang Yidong 1990
One of the most established Chinese realist painters, Wang Yidong explores the fusion of western classical painting, Chinese traditional painting and folk art. The artist masters the exquisite portrayal of femininity in its humblest and yet most delicate representations. His originality lies in depicting timeless scenes, with the generosity of a romantic and positive outlook on everyday life. Set in the Chinese countryside, his works illustrate aspects of cultural tradition captured in special moments of intimacy. Silence is a feature of his subtle paintings that invites the viewer to soothing contemplation.
An outstanding and rare work dated 1990, 'Silk and Silence' demonstrates Wang Yidong's exceptional painting skills and exemplifies the essence of his work. Indeed, the title itself is explicit of the atmosphere of his painting. The very activity the subject is immersed into is a perfect illustration of folk art and tradition, and an aspect of rural life, Wang Yidong's favorite source of inspiration. The suspended gesture and the rendering of the natural light coming from behind the sitter, gives a sense of eternity to an instant by nature fugitive. The light flow enlightening the figure from behind is not only a technical feat but also gives the painting a quiet feeling of bathing in the subtle light of dawn or dusk. The play of light and shadow on her clothes, the folds, texture, material, details and delicate colours are so masterfully painted, and the beautiful tones of flesh, each detail of the work demonstrates Wang Yidong's extraordinary level of mastery of his art. His absolutely unique style is even further illustrated through the gentle, relaxed and focused expression on the woman's face, which together with the round shape of the lattice work, reminiscent of a halo, conveys a sense of the sacred. In the presence of this painting, the viewer is transported with a soothing emotion. Such an effect is only achieved in true timeless masterpieces.
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