Gao Yong Chinese

Qing dynasty (1644–1911) or Republic period (1912–49)

Not on view

Gao Yong was a prominent member of the group of Shanghai artists in the closing decades of the dynasty and the early Republican period that included the elderly Ren Yi, Wu Changshi and Luo Hui, all represented in this exhibition. Gao's contemporary vision uses the iconoclastic ink play of the early Qing monk painters Badashanren (Zhu Da, 1626–1705) and Shitao (Dao Zhi, 1642–1707). Gao confounds rational space in a strong interplay of surface and depth, solid and void. There is humor in the bird's awkward balance as it tends to its parasites. Strong blunt brushwork emphatically defines an implausible landscape.

Eagle, Gao Yong (Chinese, 1850–1921), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, China

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