GUO JIN (China, B. 1964)
THE BREAKING DAWN: EARLY CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART - THE JOHNSON CHANG COLLECTION
GUO JIN (China, B. 1964)

Merry Children No. 5

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GUO JIN (China, B. 1964)
Merry Children No. 5
signed 'GUO JIN' in Pinyin; dated '96.12' (lower right); titled, inscribed, dated and signed in Chinese; inscribed '184 x 145 cm'; signed 'GUO JIN' in Pinyin (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
184 x 145 cm. (72 1/2 x 57 1/8 in.)
Painted in 1996

15% of the hammer price of this lot will be donated to Moonchu Foundation
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
Literature
Galerie Rudolfinum, Faces and Bodies of the Middle Kingdom: Chinese Art of the 90's, Prague, Czech Republic, 1997 (illustrated, p. 141).
Exhibited
Prague, Czech Republic, Galerie Rudolfinum, Faces and Bodies of the Middle Kingdom: Chinese Art of the 90's, 1997.

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Lot Essay

A childhood without worries, sadness, and resentments is still the imaginary pursuit of ours. It is a state of forgotten purity and security. -Guo Jin


Guo Jing was born in the 1964 in the city of Chengdu, Sichuan. He graduated from the Sichuan Fine Art Institute in 1990. In the work Merry Children No. 5 (Lot 158), three children are levitating in mid-air as if they exist in a dimension between reality and fantasy. The images of children are cracked and mottled. Their coarse skin covers the entire picture, and their cloudy facial features are seemingly frozen. The artist is suggesting that behind every merriment and revel hides restlessness. It symbolises the myriads of mental and visual conditions experienced by city-dwellers. It is grave subject that the artist critically evaluates.

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