Qiu Shihua - Contemporary Art London Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne / Beijing

  • Exhibited

    Basel, Kunsthalle, Qiu Shihua, July 3 – October 10, 1999
    Milano, Spazio Oberdan, ‘China: as seen by contemporary Chinese Artists’, June 29 – October 2, 2005

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Even though Qiu Shihua’s works are in oil and painted in a spatial perspective associated with European art, the fitting context is still within the discourse of nature in Chinese traditional painting. The great paradigm of Chinese landscape art are from the Sung and Yuan dynasties (10th to 13th century), to which all later landscape art refer. The beauty, magic and majesty of nature explored in these works epitomise what Chinese culture sees as the wonders of nature. In the context of this essay, we may say that for Chinese this world of landscape was the ‘reality’ of nature. This reality is of course a selected view, determined by the purpose ‘nature’ and the art of nature serve in Chinese culture. We cannot imagine, for example, dark Amazonian jungles being taken up in Chinese landscape painting. That menacing aspect of nature, suggesting something sinister, is not only considered unsuitable for art, it hardly figures in the Chinese traditional discourse on nature. China’s ‘reality’ of nature has been framed by Taoist thought from an early period, and the art of landscape has much to do with the role nature plays in spiritual cultivation.” (T. Z. Chang, The Sky in the Landscape, 2004, at http://www.hanart.com/artistEssayDetail.php?artist_number=61&essay_number=15).



Oil on canvas.
70 7/8 x 141 3/4 in. (180 x 360 cm).
Signed and dated “Qiu Shihua, 1998 [in Chinese]” on the overlap.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £42,000

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm