LIN FENGMIAN (1900-1991)

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LIN FENGMIAN (1900-1991)
Femme au miroir Ink and color on paper, signed and stamped by the artist lower left 26 5/8 x 25 3/4 in. PROVENANCE Vente Schuler Auktionen, Zurich, 17 juin 2010 Collection privée, Paris This Woman with a Mirror is characteristic of the way Ling Fengmian depicted women between the 1950s and early 1960s. It reflects the Western qualities that imbued his work, particularly in the shape of the face, where the influence of Modigliani’s portraits is discernible. This type of woman’s portrait invariably featured a flower in a vase or a ceramic bowl. The diaphanous feel of the petals and the transparency of the white garment are achieved through the light, skilful application of the paint. Black and blue tones highlighted with white in the background of the work, where a few hazy red lines suggest architecture, set the figure of this young woman in an indeterminate space that immerses the viewer in a sense of reverie and contemplation. LIN FENGMIAN Born in 1900 in Guangdong province in China, Ling Fengmian wanted to become a painter from an early age. In 1918, he entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, then the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris the following year. On his return to China in 1926, he became president of the Beijing National Academy of Arts. In 1928, he founded the Hangzhou Academy of Arts with Cai Yuanpei. He was considered the father of Chinese modernity, with students who included Chu Teh-Chun and Zao Wou-Ki. He used Western techniques like watercolours and oils to achieve effects of transparency, and used square formats, very different from the traditional formats found in Chinese painting.
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