In 1937 the“Marco polo bridge incident” breaks out in China Hebei , this incident led directly to full-scale war between empire of Japan and republic of China. Li Keran joined the “The third art hall of government military council”, which was led by Zhou En Lai for anti-Japanese war propaganda. By this time Li Karen created a large number of propaganda posters and murals, unfortunately after Wuhan fall into empire of Japan’s hands, he decided to move to Chongqing with others.
As these war-torn and the death of his wife made him felt trials and tribulations, he gradually changed his art style, he changed his style of student days that from western style and Lin Fon Ming’s influence. He also learned from Shitao and Bada Shanren’s painting of yimin in Late Ming and Early Qing dynasty，in order to explore the Chinese traditional ink painting.
The exhibition will bring together a selection of three pieces of Li Karen‘s paintings at this period, “Landscape in the Brush idea of Shitao“, “Landscape in the Brush idea of Bada Shanren“, “ Three Men Laughing by Tiger Creek“. The theme include landscape and figure, in this exhibition you can see Li Karen‘s enthusiasm of learning the painting of yimin (remnant subject).
擬石濤筆意Landscape in the Brush Idea of Shitao
Postscript in 1979 88x44.5 cm
設色紙本 Ink and colour on paper
擬八大筆意Landscape in the Brush Idea of Bada Shanren
墨筆紙本Ink on paper
虎溪三笑Three Men Laughing by Tiger Creek
1943 66x44 cm
設色紙本Ink and colour on paper