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Yan Shanchun, Ruangong Islet #5, 2008, acrylic and ink on paper mounted on canvas, 39 1/2 × 59".

Yan Shanchun

Chambers Fine Art | New York

Yan Shanchun, Ruangong Islet #5, 2008, acrylic and ink on paper mounted on canvas, 39 1/2 × 59".

This exhibition featured two groups of works: acrylic paintings and copperplate etchings. Both are more or less abstract portrayals of China’s West Lake Cultural Landscape, an area located west of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province in eastern China and Yan Shanchun’s native city. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011, West Lake is home to numerous pagodas, temples, and gardens. UNESCO calls it an “idealized fusion between human and nature,” and its carefully cultivated natural beauty has been the subject of Chinese painting and poetry for over a thousand years.

The poet Ouyang Xiu (1007–1072), for example, noted that West Lake’s waters were “so clear and green they might be painted.” Nearly a millennium later, Huang Zunxian (1848–1905) described it as “a vague and indistinct expanse of water and clouds / where lotus leaves merge with weeping willow branches.” In

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