The Heart of the Gem by He Lihuai

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He Lihuai

The Heart of the Gem


41 x 30 cm | 16 x 11 3/4 in

Oil on copper

Exhibiting at the MEAM

Exhibiting at Salmagundi

This work is on loan from a private collection.

“The greatness of a painting does not depend on its size. In fact, many masterpieces before the 19th century are of small sizes, including the works of Vermeer, Alma-Tadema and Fortuny. In my opinion, the reason that the audience adores this small size painting of mine, apart from the beauty and technique, lies another factor. Nowadays we live in a digital age where largeness can be overwhelming and can abuse the visual senses.  Smallness is a sort of concentration. For my models, I usually give them some tips about my idea instead of restricting them. When they pose, I take photos of every moment and then select the one I am satisfied with for sketching the general composition. Finally, I create the oil painting from the live model, based on the sketch. I enjoy using copper plate as the base which I have done with this work, though I do work on linen as well. I feel that the copper makes the color of the painting very soft and gentle, which is what I desired for this work. In front of a work of visual art, everyone is equal. No matter what the artwork presents, idealistic, aesthetic, classic, modern or contemporary, the vison sense itself does not tell lies. It is utilitarian minds that make up the lies to convince us that what we are looking at is not what we see!” – He Lihuai