Zhao Shao'ang is one of the representative artists of the Lingnan School of Painting. Metaphors conveyed by imageries are often introduced in his works, as seen in this painting with an anti-war theme. The striking visual impact of the sombre skull and the offering of white azaleas conjure up a strong sense of pathos. It may well be an externalisation of his personal traumas from the war years.


  • Title: Skull in a faded dream
  • Creator: Zhao Shao'ang
  • Creator Lifespan: 1905 - 1998
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Hong Kong, China
  • Creator Birth Place: Guangzhou, Guandong, China
  • Date Created: 1955
  • Theme: Death
  • School: Lingnan School
  • Physical Dimensions: w50 x h103 cm
  • Artist's Biography: Zhao studied painting at Gao Qifeng's private art school. He taught at the Foshan Municipal Art School from 1927 and founded the Lingnan Art Studio in Guangzhou in 1930. He was Head of the Department of Chinese Painting of the Guangzhou Municipal College of Fine Arts in 1937, and was on the faculty of the Department of Fine Arts, Guangzhou University in 1948. He settled in Hong Kong in the same year and founded the Lingnan Art Studio to teach students while continuing his artistic practices.
  • Type: Ink and colour on paper

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