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Singapore Pioneer Artist Liu Kang (1911 - 2004). Early life Born in Fujian, China in 1911 Spent early years in Malaysia 1920s-30s: Studied in Shanghai

Jan 11, 2016

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  • Singapore Pioneer Artist Liu Kang(1911 - 2004)

  • Early lifeBorn in Fujian, China in 1911Spent early years in Malaysia1920s-30s: Studied in Shanghai and Paris

  • Liu Kang - Autumn Colours, 1930, oil on canvas, 37 x 44 cm

  • Liu Kang - Autumn Colours, 1930, oil on canvas, 37 x 44 cm Visible, expressive brushstrokes Rich vibrant colours Expressive power of colour

  • Liu Kang - Farmer's House, 1930, oil on canvas, 44 x 52 cm

  • Liu Kang - Farmer's House, 1930, oil on canvas, 44 x 52 cm Visible, expressive brushstrokes Rich vibrant colours Some flattening of space

  • Liu Kang - Breakfast, 1932, oil on canvas, 44.5 x 53 cm

  • Liu Kang - Breakfast, 1932, oil on canvas, 44.5 x 53 cm Simplification of forms Large flat areas of colour Distortion of perspective

  • InfluencesShanghaiLiu HaisuParisImpressionistsVincent van GoghPaul GauguinPaul CezanneHenri Matisse

  • Shanghai: Liu Haisu1896-1994Painter and educatorDid both Chinese painting and oil paintingIntegrating Chinese and Western techniquese.g. teaching life drawing, figure drawing

  • Liu Haisu - Eagle, 1939, ink on paper

  • Liu Haisu - Sunflowers, 1930, oil on canvasLiu Haisu Still life, oil on canvas

  • Liu Haisu , 1956, oil on canvas

  • Liu Haisu , oil on canvas

  • Paris: Impressionists19th centuryOutdoor painting and scenes of modern lifeInterest in effects of light and colourInterest in transient atmospheric conditionsVisible brushstrokesColours sometimes applied side-by-side unmixed the eye does the mixing

  • Claude Monet Impression, Sunrise, 1872, oil on canvas

  • Claude Monet Rouen Cathedral, Facade and the Tour d'Albane. Grey Weather, 1894, oil on canvas

  • Claude Monet Wheatstacks (End of summer), 1890-91, oil on canvas

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir The Swing, 1876, oil on canvas

  • Paris: Vincent van Gogh1853-90, DutchPost-ImpressionistExpressive brushstrokesExpressive use of colour

    Vincent van Gogh - Self-portrait with bandaged ear, 1889, oil on canvas

  • Vincent van Gogh - The Night Caf, 1888, oil on canvas

  • Vincent van Gogh - The Starry Night, 1889, oil on canvas

  • Vincent van Gogh Bedroom at Arles, 1888, oil on canvas

  • Vincent van Gogh - Entrance of a restaurant in Asnieres, 1887, oil on canvas

  • Paris: Paul Gauguin1848-1903, FrenchPost-ImpressionistExpressive, sometimes unnatural coloursUse of outlinesSymbolic subject matterWent to Tahiti to escape corruption of European civilization

    How do you see these trees? They are yellow. So, put in yellow; this shadow, rather blue, paint it with pure ultramarine; these red leaves? Put invermilion.

  • Paul Gauguin The Yellow Christ, 1889, oil on canvas

  • Paul Gauguin Self-portrait with halo, 1889, oil on canvas

  • Paul Gauguin Spirit of the Dead Watching (Manao tupapau), 1892,oil on canvas

  • Paris: Paul Cezanne1839-1906, FrenchPost-ImpressionistExpressing form and volume in new wayReduction to basic forms cylinders, cubes, etc.Capturing essence of subjectMultiple perspectives, distortionAn influence on Cubism

  • Paul Cezanne - Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1904,oil on canvas

  • Paul Cezanne - Still Life, Drapery, Pitcher, and Fruit Bowl, 18931894,oil on canvas

  • Paul Cezanne - Still Life with Cherub, 1895,oil on canvas

  • Paris: Henri Matisse1869-1954, FrenchFauvistPainterly brushstrokes, thick outlinesVery strong, harsh colours

  • Henri Matisse - Red Room (Harmony in Red), 1908,oil on canvas

  • Henri Matisse Portrait of Madame Matisse (The Green Line), 1905,oil on canvas

  • Henri Matisse The Joy of Life, 1905-06,oil on canvas

  • Liu Kang - Autumn Colours, 1930, oil on canvas, 37 x 44 cm

  • Liu Kang - Farmer's House, 1930, oil on canvas, 44 x 52 cm

  • Liu Kang - Breakfast, 1932, oil on canvas, 44.5 x 53 cm

  • The 1952 Bali fieldtrip andthe Nanyang StyleTogether with Chen Chong Swee, Chen Wen Hsi and Cheong Soo PiengSearching for a visual expression that was Southeast Asian

    Nanyang Style"In my view, 'Nanyang' style can be defined in three aspects. First, the theme should be the south seas, reflecting their tradition or landscapes and customs. Second, the painting style should be expressive, spontaneous broad-sweeping rather than rigidly descriptive. Third, the tone of the painting should be bright and light, in combination with relaxed but steady brush strokes and lines."

  • Liu Kang - Artist and Model, 1954, oil on canvas

  • Liu Kang - Artist and Model, 1954, oil on canvas Depicts Chen Wen Hsi sketching Balinese woman

    Large flat areas of colour No shading White outlines reference to batik? Simplification of forms Flattening of space

    Arrangement of chairs echoed by teapot and cups Bright cheerful colours Whimsical feel

  • Liu Kang - Life by the river, 1975, oil on canvas

  • Liu Kang - Life by the river, 1975, oil on canvas Scene of busy village life Depicting villagers engaged in their normal activities Does not strictly follow rules of linear perspective But still has sense of depth, created by arrangement and relative sizes of objects Use of outlines Simplification of forms Areas of flat colour

    Simple and lively treatment of subject Evoking the joy of rural life

  • Liu Kang - Souri, 1953, oil on canvas

  • Liu Kang - Offerings, 1957, oil on canvas

  • Liu Kang - Durian vendors, 1957, oil on canvas

  • Liu Kang - National Day, 1967, oil on canvas

  • Liu Kang - Chinese Lady, 1976, pastel on paper

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