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LI KERAN (1907-1989)
LI KERAN (1907-1989)

Viewing the Waterfalls

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LI KERAN (1907-1989) Viewing the Waterfalls Entitled, inscribed and signed, with four seals of the artist Dated 1978 Further inscribed by the artist Dedicated to Longxiang Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper 68.3 x 47.2 cm. (26 7/8 x 18 5/8 in.) 20th Century

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Viewing the Waterfalls was painted by Li Keran in 1978, dedicated to Longxiang. It demonstrates Li's superb use of heavy ink, as he boldly combined the traditional ink-accumulation method with his original colour-accumulation method in creating depth. His application of layering of ink and colour to depict the forest give the viewer a unique sense of perspective and depth that is distinctive to the artist, revealing his training in both western and traditional Chinese methods of landscape painting.
Li's training in sketching stood him in good stead for his future compositions which were often rich and dense. Yet the waterfall and the path leading to the pavilion amidst the forest create delight and motion to the serene landscape. His colour is on the dark side, infusing a profound charm to an atmosphere that exudes tranquility and serenity.

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