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Dated 1981 THE ANCIENT CITY OF JIAOHE ink and color on paper
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titled in Chinese and dated 1981 two seals, EXHIBITEDVision and Revision Wu Guanzhong Hong Kong Museum of Art Oct.1995 Wu Guanzhong A Contemporary Chinese ArtistTour Exhibition U.S.A 1989C1990. Both Wu Guanzhongs oil paintings and his traditional Chinese paintings are outstanding. He is the only artist in modern China who has combined Chinese culture with modern western art perfectly. The Hometown in Jiao River is a wonderful traditional Chinese painting by him. The composition is complicated in appearance in that Wu Guanzhong wants to exhibit the complex construction of the town to his audiences. The colors that the artist applied to the painting however are pure and simple. There is no unnecessary detail in the painting so that we realize that the painting is concise despite of its complicacy. No one could add anything to the painting nor could one cut anything from it. The ink spots which are meaningless apparently make the painting vivid and vigorous. While the sky is depicted by light green the red seal at the bottom has made the painting balanced well. It is true that Wu Guanzhongs Hometown in Jiao River could neither be regarded as a traditional Chinese painting nor be taken as a modern art work because it is broken all of the rules. It is out of place in both contexts. Nevertheless it is this out of place that makes the painting a great art work. And it is the courage of breaking rules that makes Wu Guanzhong a great artist. Wu Guanzhongs The Ancient City of Jiaohe has been cognized as a milestone of Mr. Wu Guanzhongs art accomplishments by academy. This art work has a big influence in the Chinese modern art history. Sixteen years ago this art work broke the world auction record in Hong Kong and attracted attention of international art market to Chinese artists. From the view of historian Jiaohe city has millions of stories to tell from the view of artists Jiaohe city is a wonderful subject for them to draw history. All history has been condensed to my one square feet painting. This is the notes Mr. Guanzhong Wu wrote for this art work. The Ancient City of Jiaohe is undoubtedly one of highly important representative art works of Mr. Guanzhong Wu. When people are viewing this piece they should naturally think of another sister piece Gaochang Ruins. In 1989 Gaochang Ruins was hammered at 1.87 million HK dollars that created a new auction record of Chinese artists art works. Two years later The Ancient City of Jiaohe was hammered at 2.55 million HK dollars that created a new auction record of Chinese alive artists in the world again and this record has not been broken until 2004. Although the names of these two pieces of art works are different they all draw the scene at the same location. Today Jiaohe city is five kilometers away from northwest part of Tulufan in Sinkiang province. From Western Han Dynasty to late Wei Dynasty Jiaohe city was the capital of the state of South Cheshi one of the kingdoms of the Han dynasty 206-220BC. In year 450 it was consolidated by Gaochang. And then Gaochang established Jiaohe County here. After Gaochang was annihilated by Tang Dynasty the old Jiaohe County was dilapidated and a new Jiaohe County was established in late Yuan Dynasty and early Ming Dynasty. Based on textual research the finishing date of The Ancient City of Jiaohe was earlier than the date of Gaochang Ruins. The Ancient City of Jiaohe has more influence and is more important than Gaochang Ruins. The Ancient City of Jiaohe gave a profound impression and feeling to other artists. This piece depicts thousand of crows and swans flying in the boundless sky that deeply express and imply loneliness of this old city. Many audiences have been convulsed and attracted by this art work. Mr. Guanzhong Wu is the only Chinese artist who has been approved by Western society. The Ancient City of Jiaohe is the most important art work in the mind of collectors of Guanzhong Wus art works. LITERATURESelected Chinese Paintings by Wu Guanzhong vol.2 p.11 Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House Dec.1984 The Art of Wu Guanzhong p.35 L & F Gallery Hong Kong 1987 Wu GuanzhongCA Contemporary Chinese Artist p.43 Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco 1989 MonographCWu Guanzhong p.116 Han Mo Xuan Publishing Co.Ltd. Jul.1990 Paintings by Modern MastersWu Guanzhong p.15 Jinxiu Publishing Co.& Peoples Fine Arts Publishing House China Jan.1994 Vision and Revision Wu Guanzhong p.65 Hong Kong Museum of Art Oct.1995 Wu GuanzhongCA Selection of Fine works p.171 LAtelier Productions Pte.Ltd. Oct.1996 The Art & Technique of PaintingCWu Guanzhong p.45 Peoples Fine Arts Publishing House China Oct.1996 Wu GuanzhongCAncient City p.7 & front cover Han Mo Xuan Publishing Co.Ltd. Apr.1997 The Art of Wu Guanzhong p.197 National Museum of History Taiwan May.1997 Contemporary Chinese Art Collection1 Wu Guanzhong p.84 Mountain Art Museum Taiwan Jun.1997 Wu Guanzhongs Art in 1999 exhibition catalogue p.191 Guangxi Fine Arts Publishing House Oct.1999 Rainbow of LifeA Painting History of Wu GuanzhongThe New China Great Artists Biography p.84 Guangxi Fine Arts Publishing House Mar.1999 About Wu GuanzhongSelection of articles about Wu Guanzhong p.160 Guangxi Fine Arts Publishing House Oct.1999 Wu GuanzhongCConnoisseurschoice vol.II p.56 People's Fine Arts Publishing House China Sept.2003
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