Mathilde HK at the Hong Kong Museum of Art – Paris Chinese Paintings

You don’t know anything about Chinese Modern Art or you want to learn more?
You never suspected so many important Chinese Artists actually went to Paris and trained there?
You are curious and want to see their works?

In 2014, the French May organized about 30 exhibitions linking Chinese Art to France. Among those exhibitions, I selected the modern painting exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Arts: ‘Paris Chinese Paintings’. The investigation focuses on Chinese artists who trained and exhibited in Paris during the XX th century. The exhibition provides the visitors with a large quantity of works, mainly loans from The Musee Cernushi and Musee Guimet in Paris, alongside with Chinese paintings from the Museum’s own collections. The works on display are by artists such as: Xu Beihong, Lin Fengmian, Pan Yuliang, Sanyu, Pang Xunqin, Zao Wou-ki, Chu Teh-chun and Wu Guanzhong, who all went to Paris in search of new inspirations in order to create Chinese Modern Art.

I went to the Museum with a friend, working at Christie’s Hong Kong: Tiphaine Demont. We had the opportunity to talk about the artists in a more merchant point of view. She could provide our tour with detailed prices and collectors’ behavior, which was very valuable. I read about those paintings in a program . Each year, in April, the French May publishes a very detailed catalog listing all the various activities sponsored by the festival. I really suggest art amateurs to get it so they can plan their visits and book their seats to performances in advance.

My favorite room in the exhibition:

The central room of the exhibition displays post-second War pieces by a very famous artist, well collected nowadays: Lin Fengmian. His works are at a crossroads and the 6 pieces hung in that room illustrate the title of the exhibition very well. Two Egrets by the River, Pieta, Ladies in a Garden and Opera Scene by Lin Fengmian in 1950s bear signs of influences from Matisse and Picasso, Modigliani, Maurice Utrillo, Raoul Dufy and even Marie Laurencin. At that time: 1940s-1950s, Chinese painters reinterpreted the classical Chinese way of conceiving a picture and took their inspiration mainly from Cubism, Fauvism and Post-Impressionism. Either the colors, the brushes and supports or the depicted subjects, are influenced by Western standards.


Ladies in a Garden, ink and color on paper, Lin Fengmian, 1950, @hongkongmuseumofart


My favorite Painting:

The Later work by the painter Walasse Ting: Gazing at the fish bowl, 1980s, depicts a group of tree young Chinese ladies looking at a gold-fish. The colors and the style of this Ink and acrylic on paper really delighted me. Walasse Ting is well known on the contemporary Chinese art scene and this precise work shows many common characteristics with Matisse such as: the vivid colors, the fish bowl on display on a gueridon, the curbs and the use of ink to draw the figures.


Gazing a the fish bowl, ink and acrylic on paper, Walasse Ting,1980s,@hongkongmuseumofart

Topics and keywords: Solo:
Themes and Topics to focus on in that exhibition
Chinese Paintings, Chinese Modern Art, oil on canvas, ink on paper, Calligraphy, Chinese Opera masks, traditional Chinese landscape, Chinese animal paintings, Chinese abstract painters.

Combo: On the same topic
Sotheby’s Hong Kong – Private selling exhibition Visions of the Present: Chinese Contemporary Ink Hong Kong The James Christie Room | 3 June – 7 August 2014

Paris Chinese Painting – Hong Kong Museum of Art (TST)
6 June to 21 Sept 2014
Ticket: 20 HKD


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