Fang Lijun's Disenchanted Youths

 

As one of the proponents of the first 'Cynical Realistic Movement,'  the work of Fang Lijun shows the disappointments of China's youth, a generation that is also defined by the events of 1989 and internal politics in China.

The themes in Fang Lijun's paintings are built up around forgotten stories in which the human figure is almost always central. Fang Lijun's paintings show personal elements of fear, rebelliousness, and lack of interest.

Fang Lijun's dominant themes in 1990 had to do with bald young men, calm colors, and landscapes. More recently, these themes evolved into progressive young figures, lively colors, and a clouded sky. Fang Lijun believes that the most powerful things are those of which you feel could happen, but have not yet happened.

The atmosphere in the blue painting is very calm but the 'balding clones' that run around under the clear blue sky are 'social drop outs' and trouble-makers. The people in the painting could be a nightmare to a traditional Chinese family, a latent threat for the government order, and contradictory to the promises of communism.

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