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The drawings of Wu Guanzhong

Sarah Daly

We took the Star Ferry from Hong Kong Island over to the Hong Kong Art Museum. In an upstairs gallery, we found a room of large scale drawings by Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong.

Guanzhong passed away in 2010, so the exhibition was a retrospective. He started his life in 1919, in Hangzhou and in 1936 commenced his formal art training. He studied both Chinese and western art, later being sent to the Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. His delicate oils were influenced by the French impressionists, and he believed Mondrian would be rather happy with his minimalist city landscapes. A beautiful lightness of brush, I assume gained from his Chinese training, was maintained through these influences.

The first image that caught my attention was a city-scape. The black lines and grey planes on watercolour paper were striking in their modern simplicity. Yet I could see their Chineseā€¦

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