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Biography

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Michael Goedhuis

Gao Xingjian was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. During the 1960s and the 1970s, Gao worked as a translator while writing novels and painting. During the Cultural Revolution he was sent to the countryside for reeducation and burned some of his manuscripts. In the 1980s, he published experimental literature as well as nonfiction, but after one of his plays was banned in 1986, Gao retreated to nature and spent ten months in the mountains of Sichuan. In 1987, Gao Xingjian moved to Paris where he still lives. The expressive paintings that spring from Gao’s introspection are characterized by a spontaneity of touch, and their ink tones that range from subtle grays to jet blacks can either swallow or emit light. His style can be characterized as that of “writing of the idea” (literally, xieyi), which allows him to create subtle, intuitive works that move between figurative and abstract art.in 1997. The expressive paintings that spring from Gao’s introspection are characterized by a spontaneity of touch, and their ink tones that range from subtle grays to jet blacks can either swallow or emit light. His style can be characterized as that of “writing of the idea” (literally, xieyi), which allows him to create subtle, intuitive works that move between figurative and abstract art.

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