Plum Blossoms and Bird by Zhao Shao’ang (1905-1998), considered one of the most famous and influential artists of the Lingnan School of Chinese art. Credit: Zhao Shao’ang Plum Blossoms and Bird by Zhao Shao’ang (1905-1998), considered one of the most famous and influential artists of the Lingnan School of Chinese art. Credit: Zhao Shao’ang
Plum Blossoms and Bird by Zhao Shao’ang (1905-1998), considered one of the most famous and influential artists of the Lingnan School of Chinese art. Credit: Zhao Shao’ang
Wee Kek Koon
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Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Chinese art rebels, the Lingnan School bucked centuries of inherited wisdom with its bold use of colour

  • The Lingnan School developed a progressive style in the early 20th century, rejecting the long tradition of austere black-and-white works
  • Among its most famous artists were Zhao Shao’ang, a master of the flower-and-bird genre, and Guan Shanyue, whose landscapes are stunning in their splendour

Plum Blossoms and Bird by Zhao Shao’ang (1905-1998), considered one of the most famous and influential artists of the Lingnan School of Chinese art. Credit: Zhao Shao’ang Plum Blossoms and Bird by Zhao Shao’ang (1905-1998), considered one of the most famous and influential artists of the Lingnan School of Chinese art. Credit: Zhao Shao’ang
Plum Blossoms and Bird by Zhao Shao’ang (1905-1998), considered one of the most famous and influential artists of the Lingnan School of Chinese art. Credit: Zhao Shao’ang
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.