Liu Dan at the British Museum

During my last and rather short visit to the British Museum I discovered two amazing pieces by the artist Liu Dan.

Poppy by Liu Dan (2007),  ink on paper.

Dictionary by Liu Dan (1991), colour pencil in paper

Both paintings are quite large but they do not overwhelm the viewer thanks to the large negative spaces and the simplicity of the objects portrayed. They are beautifully detailed and the artist did a great job in capturing the different lines in the poppy and  in translating the subtle textures of the cloth, the paper and ink in the dictionary. Unfortunately, as it always happens, I couldn’t find any picture that made any justice to the real paintings.

If you can go to the British Museum, I can’t recommend enough to visit this free exhibition of Chinese ink paintings. I think it is a rare opportunity to see these amazing pieces that belong to private collectors.


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