Oil on canvas
45.5 x 38.0 Size (cm)
17.9 x 15.0 Size (in)Born 1908 in Jiangsu, China
Died 2017 in Yilan, Taiwan
Wang Pan-youn’s artistic vocabulary is deeply tinged with a personal history that has cultivated a reserved and melancholic aesthetics of solitude. ‘The Realm of Solitude’ pays homage to Wang’s life from his displacement in his early days to his contentedness in later years. During the early 20th century cultural exchange in China, some emigrated for lofty ideals; others suffered displacement due to warfare. Nostalgia and loneliness became entwined in the collective consciousness of these roamers. Wang was fatefully forced onto a completely different path while many of his peers moved abroad for artistic pursuits. Personal struggle and emotional suffering imbue the artist’s work, embodied through minimal composition and a succinct palette.
Wang studied painting at the Shanghai Fine Arts School. He moved to Taiwan with the KMT
government in 1949. Wang developed his own distinct style characterized by simplicity and a
sense of loneliness.