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Alexei Taylor, Author

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C. C. Wang

1907 Suchou, China
2003 New York, USA
1907: Suchou, China
1932: Shanghai, China
1949-2003: New York, USA
1927-1932: Suchou University
1932-1935: Suchou Law School, Shanghai
Selected Work:
Landscape, 1969. Ink on paper, 18 5/8 x 24 5/8 in.
Landscape No. 170, 1972. Ink and color on paper, 22 1/16 x 28 1/8 in.
Landscape No. 450, 1983. Ink and color on paper, 23 ¼ x 32 in.

Artist Bibliography:
C.C. Wang’s Painting and Calligraphy Works. Shanghai: Shanghai Fine Arts Publishing House, 2003.
Wang, Chi-ch’ienC.C. Wang: Landscape Paintings. Seattle: Distributed by the University of Washington Press; New York, N.Y., USA: Published by Xi An Tang, 1986.
Chang, Arnold and Brad Davis. The Mountain Retreat: Landscape in Modern Chinese Painting. Aspen, Colo.: Aspen Art Museum, 1986.

C.C. Wang practiced both art and connoisseurship, one of the last in a long tradition of Chinese scholar-artists. Known as much for his skills in authenticating and collecting as his skills with a brush, C.C. Wang helped to establish stricter evaluation standards in American museums for Chinese art. Years of studying collections throughout China made C.C. Wang a preeminent expert in antique scroll paintings and his ability to spot forgeries made him an invaluable tool in New York museums, where he settled after 1949. Because of his strong interest in antique paintings, his personal style remained traditional long after he settled in America. During the 1960s his style did, however, synthesize traditional Chinese and Western influences. His main tools continued to be ink and paper, but C.C. Wang began to include impressed textures, planned compositions based on formal abstractions, and an intuitive use of warm and cool colors.
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