Take the Plunge
Take the Plunge
Framing not included
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- Edition Size:
- 120.0 x 80.0 cm (47.2 x 31.5 in)
- Signed and numbered
About the Artwork
Yue Minjun's work revolves around his characteristic grinning self-image - a repeated motif throughout his oeuvre. The figures, all based on a generic self-portrait, are each rendered with an inane beaming smile - a cynical grimace that represents the artist's resignation and disdain towards the materialism and spiritual emptiness of contemporary mainland Chinese culture.
"I began to work on images of people that simultaneously aroused feelings of strength and self-mockery, which fit in with my mood then and helped to relieve the happiness in my heart."
"Take The Plunge" is without doubt one of the most important works in which Yue Minjun uses his laughing self-images as a recurring motif. It portrays seven figures at the edge of a swimming pool, the water catching the sunlight as it ripples in a web of white lines. Yue employs a minimal palette to create a simple, even simplified, composition. The result is a bold and striking image. This stylistic technique is characteristic to Yue's work and although possibly inspired by commercial advertising and Pop Art, the imagery undeniably taunts Communist propaganda painting and posters. In addition, the simplicity of his painting technique, use of bright colors and clean lines contrives an atmosphere of hollowness and superficiality: a jab at the prevailing political climate in China in the 1990s.
About the Artist
Yue Min-Jun (born 1962, Daqing, China) is one of the leading Chinese artists. He is best known for oil paintings depicting formations of his laughing self-portraits in various settings. His iconography is easily recognisable, it challenges social and cultural conventions by depicting objects and political issues in a radical, abstract, ironic and cynical manner.