Wild Duck by Li Shan

My painting finally came. It is wild…….a duck smashing into water his feathers flying , to the right, to the left….every which way. If you look at it quickly , you miss it……perfect composition, the still point (his eye) in the midst of flurry. It is totally alive.

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Wild Duck by Li Shan

One thing is for sure, the painter Li Shan was a genius. The painting itself is about 2 feet high by 2 1/2 feet long. It’s a monumental piece….needs lots of empty space around it.

While Li Shan admires through his painting the duck as a wild beast….you also have the impression that he’s at the same time thinking about dinner. Always a hungry race, the Chinese.

It is interesting to compare the difference of Chinese and Japanese art. Chinese is a little wilder, but holds the first vision the first vision. Japanese a bit more static and contained.