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domingo, novembro 13, 2005

Alicerçando Imagens # 84 - Gao Jianfu 1936

Gao Jianfu
Pine Tree
hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
133 x 69 cm
Hongkong Museum of Art, Provisional Urban Council

The pine tree is usually an auspicious image in Chinese painting, but this pessimistic work, painted on the eve of the Japanese invasion, bears an ominous inscription: "The ghostly lamp shines like [dark] varnish on the pine blossoms."