Detail View

Beauty Against Willows
Date: 1946
Culture: Chinese
Dimensions: image: 51 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (130.8 x 54.6 cm) mount: 59 1/2 x 27 3/8 in. (151.1 x 69.5 cm)
Medium: ink and color on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Albert and Betty Chang, retirees of Upjohn Company and Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Label Text: From the Shanghai area, Xie Zhiliu was a noted painter of the traditional style, excelling in the genres of landscape, bird-and-flower, and figure painting. In 1942, Xie Zhiliu studied and cataloged the Buddhist cave paintings in remote Dunhuang, near China’s Mongolian border. The use of bright colors on this female figure, painted four years after his Dunhuang visit, reflects the lessons Xie learned from those 1,000- to 1,500-year-old cave paintings in the Gobi Desert.
Object Number: 2011.75
Currently not on view