T'ang Haywen(1927 - 1991)
China Guardian HK 2016 Autumn Auctions
20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art
70 x 50 cm x 2
Ink on paper, diptych;Signed T'ang in English and name in Chinese on lower right;T'ANG HAYWEN(1927 - 1991)For T’ang Hai-wen who had lived in France for years, Abstract Expressionism is ideal for bringing out the subtlety of traditional Chinese painting, with nuances in details expressed through the abstract language of water painting. T’ang is known for his mastery of the fluidity of water paint and the vibrant, organic composition of his works. Without the ethereal aesthetics peculiar to traditional water paintings, his work is full of power, and delivers a metaphysical sense of realness. T’ang’s quest for self-discovery in the creation process is evident from his robust brushstrokes, conveying the Taoist philosophy of “heaven-human unity” and “all creation in one”.The Abstract diptych is the artist’s most representative piece. Abstract as it is, traces of Chinese landscape painting are still observable – the vertical objects at the bottom are thought to be some sort of plants; the countless circles resembling the sky and clouds; and the sprinklings and thin curves in the middle recalling the wind and rain, evoking a feeling of unfettered wildness. His unadorned brushstrokes allow viewers to feel the artist’s explosive artistic passion as if they were feeling and breathing like him as he creates.