This painting bears a date, the signature
and two seals of the artist.
LU Shoukun (1919-1975) was a native
of Heshan, Guangdong province. He graduated from the Department of Economics,
the University of Guangzhou in 1943, but moved to Hong Kong in 1948. In
1956 he established the Bingshen Club and the Hong Kong Chinese Art Club
with Li Yanshan (1898-1961), Zhao Shao'ang (Chao Shao-an 1905-1998), and
several others. He joined the teaching profession in 1966 and strongly
supported the modernization of Chinese painting. He was acknowledged as
a pioneer of the Modern Ink Painting Movement in Hong Kong.
In the fifties and sixties, Lu produced
a large number of experimental ink paintings on the theme of local landscapes.
This horizontal scroll of the seventies shows a return to the traditional
elements of Chinese painting. The deliberate arrangement of vertical and
horizontal areas, together with the play of tonal gradations of black,
grey and white create an abstract space for the imagination to fill. The
junks in the lower left corner are a stylised motif found in early landscape
paintings of Hong Kong, but the craggy mountains are the artist's own