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New Donation of Works of Modern Art
 
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is delighted to receive two batches of donation of modern art in 2015, including seven signature pieces by Mr. Wesley Tongson and eight great works of Chinese painting by Mr. Tao Wan, enriching much our collection of Hong Kong Art.
 
Donor: Mr. Wesley Tongson's Family
 

Seven ink paintings dated from the late 1980s to 2000s by Mr. Wesley Tongson (1957-2012)were received by the museum, including his distinctive works of color-splashing, and finger paintings expressing his own authentic voice on paper which he later primarily worked with. Born in Hong Kong, Tongson studied Western painting at Ontario College of Art in Canada and Chinese painting with renowned masters Koo Tsin-yaw (Gu Qingyao, 1896-1978) and Harold Wong (Huang Zhongfang, b. 1943). He held solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Throughout his career, Tongson was a prolific artist and his career could be divided into two stages. The first stage being the 1980s to 2000s, Tongson was noted for color-splashing paintings, like Landscape 2 and Dancing Colours. To establish his own artistic style, he broke from the traditional forms of Chinese landscape painting by integrating his splash color methods with traditional Chinese brushstroke techniques. In Beauty of Tranquility from the 1990s, Tongson innovated the color-splashing skills, creating fine and rich texture through the unique layered color compositions (cun fa) to express his own nature. From the late 2000s onwards, Tongson turned a new page of his artistic career after years of exploration in Western and Eastern art traditions. In Mountain 2 (2001), he started experimenting with finger painting. Over the next decade, he worked increasingly with fingers and nails. By 2009, he had virtually ceased using brushes, working directly with fingers and nails. Then he used his fingers to subtly manipulate ink to create Calligraphy 2, Lotus 2, and Plum 3 in the same period.
 
Wesley TONGSON
Landscape 2
1987
Ink and colour on gold paper, horizontal scroll
67.3 x 134.2 cm 
 
Wesley TONGSON
Dancing colours
1989
Ink and colour on board
39 x 78.7 cm
 
Wesley TONGSON
Beauty of tranquility
1992
Ink and colour on paper, horizontal scroll
95.6 x 179 cm
 
Wesley TONGSON
Mountain 2
2001
Ink and colour on board
71.5 x 96.5 cm
 
Wesley TONGSON
Calligraphy 2 (Plum and Peony)
2009
Ink on paper, vertical scroll
96 x 71.5 cm
 
Wesley TONGSON 
Plum 3
2010
Ink on paper, horizontal scroll
124 x 247.2 cm
 
Wesley TONGSON 
Lotus 2
2010
Ink on paper, vertical scroll
246.7 x 123.5 cm

Donor: Mr Tao Wan's Family
 

Donation of six and eight pieces of Chinese painting (a total of fourteen pieces) by Mr. Tao Wan (1911 – 2004) was received from Tao's Family in 2012 and 2015 respectively. Tao was an artist and a teacher. A native of Guangdong, Tao was fond of drawing and painting since childhood, and studied Chinese painting under Pan Zhizhong. He devoted himself in the practice of Chinese painting and calligraphy. He joined the Research Society of Chinese Painting, Guangzhou and the Qingyou Society organized by Chen Shuren and Gao Jianfu that enabled him to learn from different art masters. In 1949, he moved to Hong Kong and kept painting for years. After retirement, he taught at the extramural classes in Chinese painting and calligraphy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong as well as organized Wu Liu Art Studio with his students. Tao enjoyed education for an entire lifetime; he continued to teach after immigrating to Canada.

Most of Tao's works before the 1950s were lost during the turmoil of wars. The donated pieces cover various themes painted from the 1950s to 2000s, including mountains and rivers, historic and cultural sites, Hong Kong scenery and still life, richly revealing the fresh and graceful brushwork of Tao. Some paintings were collaborated with other painting and calligraphy masters, which have high research value. Cottage Serenity (1959) was improvised by Tao and inscribed by Lin Jen-tong (Lin Jiantong) and Chow Su-sing, Johnson (Zhou Shixin) at The Fifth Hong Kong Festival of the Arts. Landscape by River was another piece created in situ with inscriptions by Wang Shangyi suggesting that it was for an exhibition of Chinese painting at the annual event Hong Kong Festival of the Art. Lofty Retreat in Summer (also titled Lake and Mountains at the Dawn, 1961) is a collaborative work by Tao and Li Yanshan, with inscription by Wang Shangyi.

TAO Wan, LI Yanshan 
Lofty retreat in summer (also titled Lake and mountain at the dawn) (Inscription by WANG Shangyi) 
Dated 1961
Ink on paper, hanging scroll
66.7 x 33.4 cm
 
TAO Wan 
A scene in Vienna
Dated 1977
Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
61.5 x 33.5 cm
 
TAO Wan 
Looking out from Tai Koo Shing
Undated
Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
68.5 x 33.8 cm
 
TAO Wan 
Mist and cloud
Dated 1989
Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
91.1 x 34.6 cm
 
TAO Wan 
The venerable tree of Ah Li Shan
Dated 1978
Ink on paper, hanging scroll
68 x 33.5 cm 
 
TAO Wan 
Shadow of the boat
Dated 2002
Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
69 x 33 cm
 
TAO Wan 
Cottage serenity (Inscription by LIN Jiantong and ZHOU Shixin)
Dated 1959
Ink on paper, hanging scroll
118.5 x 56.5 cm
 
TAO Wan 
Fan paintings
Top: dated 1956; Bottom: dated 1950
Ink on paper, pair of folding fan
186 x 60.8 cm 
 
TAO Wan 
Boat returning in sunset
Dated 1952
Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
123.3 x 33.5 cm
 
TAO Wan 
Landscape by river (Inscription by WANG Shangyi)  
Undated 
Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
80.8 x 48 cm
 
TAO Wan 
Fishing village (Inscription by LI Yanshan)
Dated 1960
Ink on paper, hanging scroll
105.6 x 56.5 cm
 
TAO Wan 
Landscape in autumn (Inscription by LI Yanshan)
Dated 1957
Ink on paper, hanging scroll
135 x 68.1 cm
 
TAO Wan 
Temple at Jinding on Mount Emei
Undated 
Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
69.3 x 33.7 cm 
 
TAO Wan 
Persimmons
Dated 1980
Ink on paper, hanging scroll
69.5 x 33.8 cm
 
Donors: Ms. Kan Shou-peng and Mr. Ng Kai-yuen; Ms. Xu Xu and Mr. Gao Zhenyu
 
To carry forward the passion of Dr. K.S. Lo in promoting Chinese tea culture, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware has received several precious teapots from local collectors Ms. Kan Shou-peng and Mr. Ng Kai-yuen, oversea potters Ms. Xu Xu and Mr. Gao Zhenyu in 2015, adding color onto our museum collections.
 

Red clay small teapot
Seal: Xu, Xu Xu zuotao
2004
Donated by Ms. Xu Xu
 
Purple clay teapot in the style of Song dynasty
Seal: Gao, Zhenyu, Gao Zhenyu zhi
2004
Donated by Mr. Gao Zhenyu
 
Cylinder teapot
Wang Yinchun (1897-1977) 
Seal: Wang Yinchun
Late 20th century
Donated by Ms Kan Shou-peng
 
Unglazed water pot, Song dynasty
Donated by Mr. Ng Kai-yuen
 
Donor: Mrs Heidi Schmid
 
Mrs Heidi Schmid donated a long handscroll of Chinese landscape painting in the style of Song dynasty with high artistic merit. This is a rare example for the study of ancient Chinese painting.
 
 
A Thousand Peaks and Myriad Ravines in the style of Song dynasty
Anonymous
Handscroll, ink on paper
Donated by Mrs Heidi Schmid
 

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