Travel Journal: Illusionary Town


  • Title

    Travel Journal: Illusionary Town

  • Artist/maker

    Zhang Yuanfan (born 1952) (printmaker)
  • Associated place

    China (place of creation)
  • Date

  • Material and technique

    multi-block woodcut, printed with oil-based ink

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    sheet 55 x 75 cm (height x width)
    print 42 x 62 cm (height x width)
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  • Credit line

    Purchased with the assistance of the Eric North Bequest Fund, 2007.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    An artwork is in the world of the artist's eye: this world fixes on canvas or paper through the filter and refractivity of the artist's soul. Therefore an artist's life task is to temper and improve one's quality of soul.

    Zhang Yuanfan the son of Zhang Huaijiang (q.v. See cat no. 66 [EA2007.75]). In 1982, he graduated from the Printmaking Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now called the China National Academy of Fine Arts) in Hangzhou. In 1985, Zhang graduated with a Master’s degree from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He is now the head of the Printmaking Department of the Hangzhou Academy. Although he uses woodcut as his main technique, his work appears distinctive from most of his contemporary fellow printmakers. He began to produce lyrical, abstract-style prints from the mid-1980s onwards, but suggestions of real forms can be found in his woodcuts.

    In: Weimin He, and Shelagh Vainker, Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2007)

Further reading

Weimin He, and Shelagh Vainker, Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2007), no. 107 on p. 118, illus. p. 118

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