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Baili He (b. 1945)

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Baili He (b. 1945)

Enchanted Mountains

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Baili He (b. 1945) Enchanted Mountains Inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist Dated autumn, jiawu year (2014) scroll, mounted and framed ink and colour on paper 48 x 124.8 cm. (18 7/8 x 49 1/8 in.) Painted in 2014
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This property has been sourced from overseas. When auctioned, such property will remain under “bond” with the applicable import customs duties and taxes being deferred unless and until the property is brought into free circulation in the PRC. Prospective buyers are reminded that after paying for this lot in full and cleared funds, if they wish to import this lot into the PRC, they will be responsible for and will have to pay the applicable import customs duties and taxes. The rates of import customs duty and tax are based on the value of the goods and the relevant customs regulations and classifications in force at the time of import. The final amounts will be determined by PRC Customs and other competent authorities at the time of import. Neither Christie’s nor the seller warrants or guarantees the accuracy of this information and we are not responsible in any way for any errors or omissions. Potential buyers are responsible for satisfying themselves as to the amount of import customs duty and tax payable for lots which they buy and intend to import into the P

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Lot Essay

After his first solo Hong Kong exhibition, He Baili was determined to push Chinese landscape painting into new territories. Throughout his artistic career, that has spanned five decades, his paintings continue to present dynamic scenes of nature bursting with energy. Studying Chinese painting under Zhao Shaoang, a master from the Lingnan School, he learned to place great emphasis on observation. He Baili has traveled extensively to famous mountains and streams and has since been enlightened by all that he has seen. Indebted to Western-style education and his later emigration to North America, he absorbed the colourful aesthetics of Western art and separated himself from traditional Song dynasty style landscape painting which is next to monochrome. He depicts compelling and dazzling natural scenes with neo-techniques such as those termed 'splashed ink', 'broken ink', 'piled ink', 'splashed colour', and 'mixed-colour wash'. Inspired by both Romantic and Impressionist paintings, his works are known for subtle colour change. His free brushwork, with colour outweighing the ink, still successfully grasps the sublimity, solidity, and poetic essence of traditional Chinese landscape painting. While the views might appear familiar, they go beyond representation by imbedding the work with the artist's own thought. The reverie, based on reality, allows the viewer to feel like they are part of the scene. The painting, as a medium to commune with nature, grants the viewer an insight into the philosophy of Zhou Dunyi, the Song Dynasty rationalist Confucian, who regarded life as harmony between nature and human, believing that 'the interaction of Yin and Yang creates All things'. He Baili considers painting as a representation of the mind and the true significance of landscape lies not in its superficial appearance but as a carrier of emotion. This unique 'He-style landscape' is the embodiment of the perfect combination of Western philosophy and Taoist thought in which reality and illusion co-exist.

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