Art in Review: Zhang HongtuBy Holland Cotter
After moving from China to the United States in 1982, Zhang Hongtu produced mostly Pop-inflected work critical of the Cultural Revolution. His academic training, however, had involved a deep immersion in both classical Chinese and Western modernist landscape styles. And in recent years he has returned to them, not separately but in combination.
His recent landscapes at Goedhuis are based on the Chinese practice of emulation through the copying of old masters, but update the tradition. Here the medium is oil-on-canvas, not ink-and-brush. The landscape subjects are Chinese, the styles 19th-century European, with sources of each noted in the titles.
Thus, a signature image of foreground trees and distant hills by the great Yuan artist Ni Zan is rendered in the lush, light-flecked manner of late Monet. A view of receding mountains by the Ming painter and theoretican Dong Qichang is in the analytical pre-Cubist mode of CÃ©zanne, while several landscapes by the Qing artist Shitao, a genuine original with a reputation as a nut, is in the simulated hand of van Gogh. Read the entire article hereSource: