Human Figure Paintings - Children at Play - A Return to Innocence

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Fan Shen

Fan Shen

Chinese ink on rice paper

45.7 x 37.0cm

1980

Private collection

 

When I am tired after painting for some time, I will choose to leisurely paint children playing their games. I feel like I have become like a child in the painting and return to memories of my childhood. My brush follows my imagination as I play like a child on paper. The children in these paintings are active, moving their arms and legs. I too, will drop my brush, stretching and relaxing my arms, moving both of them and the legs too. I forget myself and may look like a 'lunatic'. Maybe, this can be why some artists, writers and thinkers are regarded as peculiar. Nobody knows that at times like this, I am as happy as an immortal!

Those who like to paint can paint children playing games for fun. As you wish, you may add beautiful colors to please yourself. These paintings make good presents for both young and old. The children in your paintings may be real or imaginary. If you find it difficult to painting active children, you can use your own children or your neighbors as models. Use their play as the topic and paint leisurely and freely. Naturally you will come to forget yourself. Then it is a return to the innocence and you will feel as happy as an immortal!

Huang Yao, Moyuan Suibi, 1982

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