Wang Yidong (Chinese, b.1955) Silk and Silence
Lot 822
Wang Yidong (Chinese, b.1955)
Silk and Silence
Sold for HK$ 2,680,000 (US$ 345,551) inc. premium

Lot Details
Wang Yidong (Chinese, b.1955)
Silk and Silence
Oil on canvas, framed
Singed Wang Yidong in Chinese and English
Dated 1990
115cm x 88.3cm (45¼in x 34¾in).

Footnotes

  • 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

    來源:購自香港蘇富比1995年5月4日拍賣,拍品1252號

    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.

    王沂東是最資深的中國現實主義畫家之一。他的作品探索西方古典繪畫、中國傳統繪畫和民間藝術的融合。他尤其擅長捕捉女性的美和氣質,表現出其最卑微但又同時是最優雅的一面。王沂東獨特之處,在於他描繪永不過時的日常場面時,加入了一份慷慨的浪漫和積極的人生觀。他的作品大多以中國農村為背景,透過刻劃特別親密的時刻,捕捉傳統文化的精髓,微妙靜默,引人沉思。

    〈寧靜〉畫於1990年,是一幅優秀和罕有的作品。這幅畫不但展示了王沂東非凡的繪畫技巧,也體現了他作品中一貫的情感。標題本身已經明確地表明了作品的氣氛,內容也屬王沂東最喜歡的題材。畫中的女子專注地刺繡,是民間藝術和傳統的典型活動,也是農村生活的反映。懸浮的動作加上從背後照進的自然光,營造出瞬間永恆的感覺。這種把光源置於人物背後的畫法,不單是一個技術上的壯舉,也為畫面添上一份彷彿沐浴在黎明或晚霞之中的微妙。他巧妙地畫出人物衣服的光影、褶皺、質感、細節和色澤,以及皮膚自然逼真的色調,這幅畫每一個細部都展示出王沂東的精湛技術。不僅如此,女子的表情亦進一步展現出王沂東獨特的風格;她的表情既柔和輕鬆又專注認真,再配上身後圓形的窗櫺,讓人聯想起神像的光環,流露著一種神聖的氛圍,只有真正萬古常新的傑作才會有這樣的效果。
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