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The Four Seasons

Hong Kong Heritage Museum
1/F Chao Shao-an Gallery
15 June 2017 -

Presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Nature has a wonderful rhythm; the seasons come and go along with their changing scenes. Have you ever experienced the beauty of nature?

Professor Chao Shao-an immersed himself in the inspiration of nature throughout his life. With nature as his teacher, he observed the natural world meticulously, with a unique vision to discover the ultimate beauty. He captured its essence, using superb drawing skills to create unique works of art. His brushes created flowers in full bloom, dazzling in their brilliance. His favorite noble cicadas sing loudly and clearly in the summer willows, with red lychee in abundance, the fruit of the season. Depicting a rich autumn harvest, he painted fisherman along the reed shore. He admired the plum blossoms in moonlight and enjoyed the serenity of dreamlike winter snow.

Professor Chao realised that a harmonious life could be found in the seasonal changes and in his feelings of coexistence with nature, exemplified in his words: "I only wish I could be at leisure." In this exhibition, with the four seasons the theme, a selection of around 40 paintings have been chosen from our collection. So let Professor Chao show you into the beauty of the four seasons with the poetic scenery he created.

Exhibit Highlights

Peach Blossoms Creek

Peach Blossoms Creek

1930s
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper

Plum in the misty night

1967
Horizontal scroll, ink and colour on paper

Plum in the misty night
Chinese Trumpet Creeper

Chinese Trumpet Creeper

1968
Album leaf, ink and colour on paper

After the Rain

1978
Album leaf, ink and colour on paper

After the Rain
Jumping frog

Jumping frog

1994
Album leaf, ink and colour on paper

Crabapple Blossoms

Not dated
Album leaf, ink and colour on paper

Crabapple Blossoms
Fishing in the autumn river

Fishing in the autumn river

Not dated
Album leaf, ink and colour on paper

Noble Bottle Tree

Not dated
Album leaf, ink and colour on paper

Noble Bottle Tree
Evergreen

Evergreen

Not dated
Album leaf, ink and colour on paper

Grapes

1970
Album leaf, ink and colour on paper

Grapes
Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

1966
Album leaf, ink and colour on paper

Peach

Not dated
Album leaf, ink and colour on paper

Peach