Modern & Contemporary Chinese Art

Modern & Contemporary Chinese Art

Colour Lotus
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    Xiao Ping (Chinese, b. 1942)
    Colour Lotus
    , 1993
    ink and color on paper
    Gift of Red Rock Studio, Hong Kong, A Williams Alumnus
    M.2007.20.15
    Photo by Jim Gipe-Pivot Media and Stephen Petegorsky

    Xiao Ping (b. 1942, Nanjing) employs traditional techniques and subjects for his landscape, bird-and-flower, and figure paintings. He is also an expert in the techniques and theory of calligraphy. His training in art appraisal adds another dimension to his knowledge of the Chinese artistic tradition. In 1962, he began his career as a researcher and art appraiser for the Palace Museum in Nanjing and has since consulted on ancient Chinese collections in museums all over the world. A prominent motif in Xiao’s paintings, including the one shown here, is the lotus flower. In China, the lotus symbolizes purity. In continuously portraying the lotus, Xiao attempts to capture its spiritual essence and, by extension, to receive spiritual sustenance through his art. Incorporating different types of brushstrokes for the paintings and script for the calligraphy, the two works in our collection demonstrate Xiao’s technical versatility.

    Xiao inscribed “Rosy Clouds, Verdant Dews” in the top left.