Zhou Yan Contemporary Chinese Art Archive 周彦当代中国艺术档案



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Oil Painting


This oil painting depicts a sleeping naked woman, a common subject in Yang's paintings. This woman, however, is uncommon in comparison to the artist's other paintings because her black hair is long instead of a more commonly seen short, masculine style. The lighting of the painting transcribes that the viewer is looking at the woman in the dark, but she is being illuminated by some source of light; she seems to glow. The use of white paint draws attention to her face and her arm, breaking up the darkness found on her body and in the space around her. The expression on her face teeters the boundary between relaxed and tense. Her position makes it unclear whether she has eased into sleep or if she had collapsed and fallen over. (Nicole Wang '26).



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