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For xiaomeisun whose photographs have considerably enriched my awareness and use of color.

[The next two images in my photostream are details of this artwork] This oil painting of Dr. Norman Bethune performing surgery dates from 2000. The placard at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh states “Veils of color and specters of flora and fauna lightly obscuring the underlying picture, rendering it beautiful when it may be anything but.” Dr. Bethune (1890-1939) was a Canadian physician who became a Communist and joined with the Chinese in their fight against Japan in 1937. He invented the world’s first mobile medical unit, enabling the treatment of wounded during combat. Mao Tsedong wrote a commemorative article on Dr. Bethune in 1939, which became required elementary school reading during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

Hung Liu, a Chinese-American contemporary artist was born in 1948 in Changchun, China. She is, according to Wikipedia, an art professor at Mills College in Oakland, California.

“Her paintings and prints often make use of anonymous Chinese historical photographs, particularly those of women, children, refugees, and soldiers as subject matter. Liu’s paintings—often large, drippy, and washed with layers of linseed oil—can be seen as critiques of the rigid academicism of the Chinese Socialist Realist style in which she was trained, as well as metaphors for the loss of historical memory. One of the first Chinese artists to study in the U.S., Liu’s works represent the ongoing tension between emigration and immigration. Liu has received numerous awards, including two painting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her work is represented in the permanent collections of major museums and private collections throughout the United States and Asia.” {from Wikipedia

Hung Liu’s website is a goldmine of extensive images and information. Art is located under galleries; and at the bottom of the artist page (with her statement), one can find a link to her biography.

Insight into her style and method can be found at…

See a 9-minute video about Hung Liu at

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