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



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Oil painting


In this painting, the artist incorporates expressionist methods to paint a unconscious figure with abstract proportions. Sleeping figures, mostly female, are common subjects for the artist's paintings. However, the sex of this figure seems more masculine rather than feminine. In this painting, she uses her characteristic brusque, bold, and unblended brush strokes, highlighting the vibrant colors she uses to conjure up her intended image. The figure's clothes, body parts, and face are all colorized with the same red, pink, and white erratic strokes. The background is also comprised of similar harsh and unblended brush marks. The figures face is the center of the piece. Like her sister figures in the artist's other paintings, this subject's facial expression seems to be an amalgamation of a various emotions, toeing the lines between exhaustion, anguish, or peace. (Nicole Wang '26).



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