In the middle of the song, no one is in sight

Wan Qingli2003

Hong Kong Museum of Art

Hong Kong Museum of Art
Hong Kong , Hong Kong

Wan's paintings often depict everyday phenomena or subjects of modern society which he finds interesting or sarcastic. Taking a close look at this painting with traditional subject of bamboo and rocks, one will find soft drink cans and car keys intriguingly distributed in the landscape, indicating a contemporary context of the scene. The humorous inscription tells how an artist would parrot whatever other say about their work.


  • Title: In the middle of the song, no one is in sight
  • Creator: Wan Qingli
  • Date Created: 2003
  • Theme: Landscape
  • Physical Dimensions: w1110 x h142 cm
  • Artist's Biography: Wan received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, China and his Master of Arts and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas, USA. He had worked at the Beijing Painting Academy, the Research Institute of Chinese painting, and Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, USA. He taught at The University of Hong Kong between 1989 and 2006 before he was appointed Founding Director and Chair Professor of the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Honorary Professor of The University of Hong Kong. As an international leading scholar in Chinese art history, Wan has 21 publications and more than 150 journal articles to his credit. He is also a key figure in the revision and new entry writing for the Encyclopedia Britannica (extended edition 2001).
  • Type: Ink on paper

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