Lin settled in Hong Kong in late 1977. The new living environment induced changes in his art. The liberal social climate gave him courage to reveal his strong emotions directly, such that his paintings became more expressive. Crude forms, bold brushwork, scant details and striking colours are recurrent features in these late works of his. Idealized or painted from recollections, the landscapes of this period are even further away from reality. In Autumn Landscape, for instance, the flat-distance perspective is forsaken and expressiveness is strongly felt in the bold brushwork and bright colours. After suffered bitter hardships during the Cultural Revolution and endured long periods without family companionship, Lin constructs his own ideal world within the serene, quiet spaces of the rural landscape, and perhaps implicit within it are his cherished memories of his hometown and desire for a peaceful home.


  • Title: Autumn landscape
  • Date Created: 1977 - 1978
  • Theme: Autumn landscape
  • Physical Dimensions: w68 x h67.5 cm
  • Painter: Lin Fengmian
  • History of Acquisition: Acquired by the Museum in 1991
  • Artist's Biography: A native of Guangdong, Lin Fengmian went to France in 1920 to study art. Upon graduation in 1925, he returned to China and almost immediately became the pioneer and driving force of Western modern art, and founded what is now the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. He later also included Chinese painting into his oeuvre. His favourite subjects were landscapes, wild geese with reed catkins, beauties and characters from Chinese theatre. His paintings in coloured ink reflect the influence of Western modern art on him. He adopted Cezanne's de-constructive approach to Nature, reducing images to geometric and simple forms in pursuit of the ultimate in aesthetics. He also adopted Matisse's Fauvist advocation of using pure colour. The economy of his brushwork and use of bright, intense colours tell us his direct perceptions of the world of nature.
  • Type: Ink and colour on paper

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