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Humanities and Science University Journal № 56 (Philology and Archaeology, World History, Art History), 2020

National and International Features of Works by Chinese Artist-Watercolorist Zeng Min

S. V. Anchukov, Yang Fei
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St. Petersburg Union of Artists successfully held the exhibition “Watercolors 
of the Sichuan Province in St. Petersburg” from August 22 to 27, 2017, which 
attracted many Russians and received unanimous positive reviews. In his water-
color landscapes, Zeng Ming combined the essence of Chinese traditional aes-
thetics, the theory and concept of traditional painting, the colors and methods 
of depicting the light of Western art, thereby forming his own author’s style of 
painting. By carefully analyzing the artist’s watercolor work, one can notice 
a special charm of the materials inherent in Chinese watercolor, the effects of 
shuimo painting (shuimo monochrome painting), shuiyun (harmony of water), 
and pomo (pomo spray painting). In addition, the key elements of the image can 
be traced to the connection with the European romantic style. The artist’s works 
embody a subjective understanding of the natural world, as a result of which 
his individual watercolor style is formed, combining the ce-i style (painting 
of ideas) and realism. Zeng Ming is deservedly considered to represent a new 
generation of Chinese masters in the era of globalization, as well as an artist 
who depicts a dialogue with nature. 
Keywords: Zeng Ming, watercolorist, watercolor techniques, traditionalism, internationality.
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