Ink and color on paper
Lu Yanshao (1909-1992)
Original name: Lu Di, courtesy names: Yanshao and Wanruo. He was a painter and calligrapher from Jiading, Shanghai. He was a painter with the Shanghai Academy of Chinese Painting, professor at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts and president of the Zhejiang Academy of Painting. He was a very accomplished landscape painter who was also skilled in depicting characters and plums. In this work, brand-new brushes are used to paint pine and clouds at Mount Huangshan. Apart from texturing strokes, he uses a unique technique to outline clouds; a long and slim void on paper is reserved to show the shape of the cloud; ink spots deep and light are used to paint in great detail the scene, giving the picture rich content and a lively dynamism. The lines are not simple contours; they express strongly the sense of dimension.