An Old Temple at Tai Shan

An Old Temple at Tai Shan,  66 x 81 cm, oil on canvas, 1973, Private Collection, Landscapes (511) [D1145-73]

An Old Temple at Tai Shan, 66 x 81 cm, oil on canvas, 1973, Private Collection, Landscapes (511) [D1145-73]

66 x 81 cm, oil on canvas, 1973, Private Collection, Landscapes (511) [D1145-73]
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Po Wan was constantly trying to create art that had a Chinese sensibility using Western materials like oils.  In this painting, the trees are mischievously rendered in their gnarled forms.  The trees are outlined in black, a Chinese art convention.  Here Po Wan has used the black outlines to emphasize the forms of the trees compared to the straight lines of the temple.  There are indistinct mountains in the background; it is almost as if Po Wan is playing with the idea of the void again.  Are there really more mountains in the background?  Or is it just empty space?  As well, Po Wan has started to experiment with colours.  Here, he has used contrasting colours of red and green with hints of orange and blue, giving the painting a playfulness.

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