WU Zuoren

(China 1908 – 1997)

The great desert

Other titles:
Damo - great desert, Camels in the Gobi Desert, Damo (The great desert)
Not on display
Further information

‘The work of Wu Zuoren exemplifies the way in which the traditional brush-and-ink technique of Chinese painting can be transformed into an entirely modern idiom. Wu studied with another of the great modern masters of Chinese painting, Xu Beihong, and then from 1930 to 1935 he studied and worked in France and Belgium. His distinctive use of broad wet brushstrokes in the ‘mogu hua’, or ‘boneless’ style, that is one worked in brush washes of ink rather than brush lines, hints at the Western styles that he would have absorbed while in Europe, like his mentor Xu Beihong. Wu is particularly renowned for his appealing images of camels, yaks, oxen and pandas and for his evocations of the Gobi desert.’

‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.171
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Place of origin
hanging scroll; ink on paper
69.8 x 45.7 cm image; 159.5 x 60.3 x 69.7 cm scroll
Signature & date

Signed and dated u.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink, “Zuoren…in 1977”.
Signed u.r., in Chinese, stamped in red ink “Wu” [artist's seal].

Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1993
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