An image of Drinking under the moon

He Jianguo

(China 1951 – )

Drinking under the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

'This painting, a freely rendered ink-play, reflects the persistence of tradition in late-twentieth century China despite increasing diversification into experimental and installation art. He Jianguo - a talented, idiosyncratic, self-taught painter - seeks to revitalize the centuries-old, literati tradition of the intuitive, amateur painter, while subversively spicing it with lessons from Western artists such as Picasso, Cézanne and Kandinsky. His brushstrokes, calligraphy and sense of composition and space are remarkably free and novel, and point the way to the revitalisation of literati painting. The inscription, in his strong and emphatic style, reads:

'We gathered in the mid-Autumn Festival to drink to the moon until drunk and fell all over the place.''

'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pgs. 208-209.

Place of origin
China
Year
mid 20th century-late 20th century
Media
Painting
Medium
hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions
177.0 x 32.0 cm image; 237.0 x 49.0 x 58.0 cm scroll
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Anonymous gift 1990
Accession number
446.1990
Copyright
© HE Jianguo