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Title: A full image: Masterpiece of Nature
Date: 2007
Medium: Chinese ink on Xuan paper
Dimensions: 55 1/8 x 27 9/16 in. (140 x 70 cm)
Credit Line: Acquired through the George and Mary Rockwell Fund
Object Number: 2009.047.002
Label Text: Playing with representational versus literal meaning, Phạm Văn Tuấn’s curving brushstrokes evoke a feminine figure when the scroll is hung in a traditional hanging format. Only when viewed horizontally, however, are the words rendered legible. Like the other members of the Zenei Gang of Five, the background is treated with as much diligence as the rendering of the characters, producing diverse ink patterns and textural effects across the entire pictorial field. This reflects their concern that the artworks be regarded as abstract paintings as well as contemporary calligraphy.

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