• Chinese 20th Century Art (Day  auction at Christies

    Sale 2725

    Chinese 20th Century Art (Day Sale)

    30 November 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1334


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    (B. 1936)
    Skiff has Passed Ranges of Mountains
    signed in Chinese; dated '2008' (lower right); signed and titled in Chinese; signed 'PANG JIUN' in Pinyin; dated '2008' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    130 x 162 cm. (51 1/8 x 63 3/4 in.)
    Painted in 2008

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    "If the color of Pang Jiun's still life paintings is characterized by glitter and fullness, the color in his landscape paintings is characterized by elegance and implication. When we compare his landscape with his still lifes, we feel surprised that such distinctly different color tunes come from the same artist, which is expressed by high intenseness in depicting his still lifes and peaceful calmness, even close to solitude, in his landscape paintingsK When an artist uses oil or writing brushes to describe the mild and misty impressions of southern China, like his predecessors, no matter whether depicting the high mountains or long rivers, out pours his love of his homeland. In these works we not only perceive the change of a veteran artist from splendour to ordinary but also the influence of the traditional artistic spirit on Chinese literati. "
    Excerpted from Yan Gallery, "Experience, Thinking and Creation: The artistic path of Pang Jiun" by Shui Tianzhong, The Art of Pang Jiun, Hong Kong, China, 2008.

    Pang Jiun was trained as a realistic oil painter, yet he progressively abandoned this traditional style and worked towards the spirit of "freehand brushwork" and "vivid tone" in oil paintings. Skiff has Passed Ranges of Mountains (Lot 1334), Early Morning in Guilin & Misty Rain at Lijian River (Lot 1335) are the recent works of the artist, which describe the misty and rainy Jiangnan landscape. The artist used silver tone of warm colour series, expressing the poetic feeling of Chinese literati in his works; he never makes any correction, but completing his strokes in one go, therefore developing a vivid Chinese style. The picture is not depicted through a conventional rendering of light and shadow, but instead is structured by space and vivid colours, full of the movement of air and silence. Thus the magnificence of landscape, the lively breath of spring and a peaceful feeling have been brought to the audience subtly and impressively. Pang Jiun's oil paintings are appreciated as the "unique expressionism of oriental humanity", testimony to his unique style and artistic achievement.


    National Museum of History, The Art of Pang Jiun, Taipei, Taiwan, 2009 (illustrated, p. 126).


    Taipei, Taiwan, National Museum of History, The Art of Pang Jiun, 26 December, 2008-1 February, 2009.