Gao Yi-Hong was born in Lin'an, Zhejiang. He was a master in ink wash painting and flower and bird. His style was abundant with life. His early works were dedicated to the meticulous style, with a mastery in flowers, feathers and fur, insects and fish. In his senior years, his work incorporated calligraphy in the painting and switched to the expressive ink wash painting style. Since the 1950s, his calligraphy showed mastery in four scripts, among which the Running Script was the most revered and collected among collectors.
The piece "Bamboo, Plum Flower and Rock" is painted in color on paper. The piece depicts bamboo, plum flower and a peculiar rock. The peculiar rock stems from the bottom-right corner. The heavy color stabilizes the entire painting. The bleeding ink on the surface of the rock was painted with the splash technique. Heaviness and change were both demonstrated among the layers. The green bamboo behind the rock stretches all the way to the upper end of the painting and is filled with bright green. On the side, there are a few thin young bamboos carefully depicted. Accompanied by the blossoming red plum flowers on the branches behind the bamboo, the entire painting shows an abundance of vitality.
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