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Zhang Xiaogang

Girl and Tree, 2009
Lithography
Edition of 130
120 x 80 cm (47.2 x 31.5 in.)
Signed and numbered
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Girl and Tree belongs to the set of twenty lithographs from "The Storyteller's Enchantments of Zhang Xiaogang", which comes as a limited edition of 130 rare books. The lithographs from the set were inspired by the old family photos and represent Xiaogang's Family and Bloodlines series, where the artist explores the concept of family and collectivism in Chinese society.

"She stays there, obstinate, faraway now despite the daintiness and the candy pink of the rare trinkets" —Fernando Arrabal

This lithograph depicts a young girl, her face has a smooth pearly finish skin to porcelain, detached and impersonal yet moving and nostalgic. The patches of colour in the image are used to further idealize the subject. The thin red lines running through the figure represent the complex, subtle and persistent ties, bloodline that connects the past with the present. The Girl and Tree is also the artist's meditation on the society striving to live in a commodified and dehumanized world.