Feb 25, 2020

Poetic Pattern of Song Ware

Poetic Pattern of Song Ware



Zeng Xiaojun 曾小俊

(Chinese, b. 1954)

Ink and color on paper

164.3 x 163.8 cm (64 11/16 x 64 1/2 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.146


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Zeng Xiaojun graduated from the Central Academy of Arts and Design in Beijing in 1981, specializing in mural painting.


Contemporary artist Zeng Xiaojun is known for depicting tree trunks and rocks in draftsman-like fashion in the traditional Chinese medium of ink and paper. Inspired by a small, 11th-century Song dynasty dish in the artist’s own collection, Poetic Pattern of Song Ware is unusual in subject matter. Fascinated by the dish’s contrasting black and beige clay marbling, Zeng made an ink drawing of a graphic, abstract design on a monumental scale. The rendering of the marbling in lobed sections creates a unique three-dimensional effect and rhythm, not seen in the small dish CMA 2020.187.


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