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National Museum of History

國立歷史?物館

Fragrance of the Mind: A Retrospective of Lalan's Work

Fragrance of the Mind: A Retrospective of Lalan's Work

"Fragrance of the Mind: A Retrospective of Lalan's Work"
Lalan was a talented Chinese-French artist who successfully integrated into her work her bi-cultural background of China and France with interdisciplinary study in music, dancing, and painting.
In 1948 Lalan went to France with husband Zao Wou-ki, a painter. She took advanced music study in composition, and the couple immersed themselves in the beauty of Paris and enjoyed numerous cultural activities. She even started to learn dance after gaining inspiration from a documentary film on Martha Graham, master of modern dance.
Lalan started to paint after the break-up of her marriage to Zao Wou-ki in 1957. Her artworks contained elements of Chinese culture that had developed over thousands of years, and characteristics of the artistic developments of the second half of the twentieth century in Paris. With a spontaneous, open style to represent dialogues and exchanges between two different cultures, Lalan conducted her artwork at speed, never making sketches or studies for her works. She fluently manipulated her brush with trained body control learned from dance to freely and romantically express her imagination. Her painting style had started from abstraction with influences from calligraphy, and then transformed into tangible, land-scape forms, before returning again to abstraction. Symbolic elements of Chinese inscriptions, cosmic energy embedded in Chinese landscape painting through the artist's conscious-ness, and the natural sur-roundings of the real world were all integrated into Lalan's art-works. Accumulated life ex-perience gave Lalan a mature insight, which particularly showed in the excellent arrange-ment and control of lines in her paintings, which perfectly repre-sented her mind and spirit.
This exhibition is showing 60 exquisite paintings by Lalan at her various art developing stages to enable people here to recog-nize this outstanding artist.