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Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting: Xie Zhiliu (1910–1997)

February 6–August 1, 2010

A New Expressive Confidence

Throughout his career, Xie sketched from life preparatory to creating his landscapes. In the 1950s and 1960s, Xie traveled extensively to regions including Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, and Guangdong province, where he drew the local scenery. These sketches, which bear alterations and handwritten notes by the artist, comprise a valuable record of Xie's creative process, demonstrating how he modified natural imagery to create compositions expressive of his own aesthetic.