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The Candidate - Wanrong

Oil on Canvas | 152cm x 91.5cm |A$7,900 SOLD

Part of a series exploring the transition of a four thousand year old culture into the modern day era, Wanrong stands as a nervous candidate put forward by relatives as a wife to the last emperor of China, Pu Yi. It is a portrait of the real life Wanrong, a lonely figure in a stylised cloak emblazoned with good luck charms.  Her hair is decorated with opium poppies which foretell her later addiction in life and the cause of her early death.  Typical of this series, the face and hands are realistic giving rise to the humanness of the subjects, whereas the drapes and various props are stylised reflecting a timeless, almost surreal quality.

 

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