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Buddhist caves at Dunhuang

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  • Description

    The famous Thousand Buddha Caves at Dunhuang in Central Asia were drawn by many well-known artists of the mid-20th century. Xu Bing’ s 1984 drawing retains aspects of the French- and Soviet-influenced styles of his schooldays and late teens and includes new methods of his own. Areas of granulation near the centre of the composition were created by his placing grains of the Gobi Desert sand beneath the paper on his drawing board.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChinaGansu province Dunhuang (Dunhuang caves) (place of creation)
    AsiaChinaGansu province Dunhuang (Dunhuang caves) (subject)
    Xu Bing (born 1955) (artist)
    Material and technique
    pencil and chalk on paper
    37.4 x 46.6 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Xu Bing's Studio.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 28 February-19 May 2013, Xu Bing Landscape/Landscript: Nature as Language in the Art of Xu Bing, Shelagh Vainker, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 15 on p. 46, p. 39, illus. p. 47 fig. 15

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