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Collection of Contemporary Art Works (II)
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Stamp Title: Collection of Contemporary Art Works (II)
Serial Number: 2018-10
Value in Set: 3
Denomination: 3.9 yuan
Date of Issue: 2018-05-11
Designer: Shi Yuan
Size of Stamp: 30×50mm for Figures 1 and 3, 38×50mm for Figure 2
Perforation: 13.5 for Figures 1 and 3, 13×13.5 for Figure 2
Sheet Composition: 16 for Layout Ⅰ and 4 for Layout Ⅱ
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House
Printing Process: Woodblock overprinting for Figure 1, offset printing for Figure 2, and heliographic printing for Figure 3

China Post will issue a set of three special stamps featuring a collection of contemporary art works (II).

The stamps feature Looking up at High Mountains by Feng Zikai, A Raft Floating in a Stream by Guan Shanyue, and Majestic Mountains and Rivers by Li Kuchan.

With a denomination of 3.9 yuan (0.609 U.S. dollars), this is the second set of stamps issued after the collection of contemporary art works (I) in 1989.

Feng Zikai (1898-1975), born in east China's Zhejiang Province, was taught by Hong Yi, a Chinese Buddhist monk and artist.

Feng created cartoons and essays combining the styles of Chinese and Western paintings.

Among Feng's numerous creations, his most famous works include the short essay collection Yuan-Yuan Tang Sui Bi and the cartoon collection Zikai Cartoons.

The title Looking up at High Mountains is inspired by the Analects of Confucius, which means that the more you look up at the mountains, the higher you feel they are. It expresses an admiration for people or things.

The painting is simple and bright, with a long artistic conception.

The figures are vivid although they are shown from the back or side.

Guan Shanyue (1912-2000), born in south China's Guangdong Province, was a well-known  painter, educator and representative of the Lingnan School of painting.

His representative works include The Land Is So Rich and Beautiful, which he created together with Fu Baoshi.

His publications include Guan Shanyue Album, Sketchbooks of Fu Baoshi and Guan Shanyue in Northeast China, as well as A Selection from Guan Shanyue’s Works.

The painting A Raft Floating in A Stream has strong colors and a meticulous delineation, creating a mighty visual impact.

It depicts the magnificence and beauty of the rivers and mountains of the countryside by combining the traditional painting techniques of Chinese and Western paintings.

Li Kuchan (1899-1983), born in east China's Shandong Province, was taught by the traditional Chinese painting master Qi Baishi.

Li was a famous freehand flower-and-bird painter, calligrapher and art educator.

He was skilled at drawing flowers and birds, for example hawks. His representative works feature lotuses, hawks, waterfowls, etc.

The painting Majestic Mountains and Rivers depicts two fierce eagles perching on a towering cliff. The eagles, with their talons clawing the cliff, are looking into the distance, expressing Li's spirit of supporting justice.

Designed by Shi Yuan, this set of three stamps is printed by the Beijing Stamp Printing House in woodblock overprinting, offset printing and heliographic printing respectively.

This is the second set after A Selection from Liu Haisu's Works, which were printed using a different printing process.


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