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Image of Chinese Profile II

Chinese Profile II

80 x 80 in. (203.2 x 203.2 cm)

Hung Liu (Changchun, China, 1948 – 2021, Oakland, California)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Council of 100
Accession Number: 1999.01.01

Wonderball Gala, June 22 - October 29, 2018, Main Lobby Wall, San Jose Museum of Art.
Inside Out: Selections from the Permanent Collection, November 20, 2004 - July 9, 2006, New Wing, Second Floor, South Metro A and Central Skylight Galleries, San José Museum of Art.
Collecting Our Thoughts: The Community Responds to Art in the Permanent Collection, June 23, 2001 - September 23, 2001, New Wing, Metro A, Skylight and South Galleries, Second Floor, San José Museum of Art.
Into the 21st Century: Selections from the Permanent Collection, May 22 -September 12, 1999, Second floor, New Wing, San José Museum of Art.

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Inside Out: Selections from the Permanent Collection (2004-2006)

Drawn from John Thomson’s quasi-anthropological book Through China with a Camera, Hung Liu's painting explores the “types,” or more accurately, the stereotypes recorded by Thomson on his trek through China in 1868–72. Photographed in profile, this woman is robbed of her individual identity and reduced to a broad category. Though Hung Liu preserves the “objective” format of Thomson’s photograph, her version does not separate the woman from her self in the same manner. Liu’s painting establishes personality and individuality where none existed before. Through her use of heavy drips and expressionistic washes, the artist imbues the canvas with emotion, lending her subject grace and dignity.

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