Tong Yanrunan

Western History of Art is basically the historic devel- opment of portrait painting. After such a long develop- ment, what breakthrough possibilities still remain for portrait painting? 

I have chosen this relative challenging subject, to display the spirit of Chinese landscape painting in the subject matter of portrait painting borrowed from the oil painting tradition. In the crack between the subtle, specific and precise character of the portrait painting and the aesthetic ideals of the landscape painting in which one "can travel or reside" in a living landscape, there is a very narrow space in which can grow things of exuberant vitality. The smaller the space one is squeezed into, the more explosiveness one has; the more limitations, the wider field of activity.