(most classic Chinese painters took lotus as theme to reflect their philosophy of buddhism and taoism.
Above images are three various lotus painting from Mr. Chang Da-Chien)
In 1941 he traveled to Duen Huang where he spent two years and seven months copying wall paintings. Here he studied traditional coloration and line drawing methods, being particularly moved by the grand scale and complex layout of the high Tang style. The sumptuous splendor of high Tang art inspired him with the desire to create great art.
Besides copying from
old masters Chang Dai-chien was also expert at painting from life. Chang
Dai-chien traveled widely in Europe and America, where he came into contact
with the contemporary art movement in the West. This spurred a sea change
in his methods of painting, and he created unique splashed-ink and splashed-color
styles, expanding the potential of plane surfaces and coloration. In his
later years, he combined splashed ink and splashed color with the masterly
texture strokes and liberation of his early years to form a new synthesis.
Hovering between concrete and abstract, reveling in freedom and unpredictability,
Chang Dai-chien's work created a whole new style of modern Chinese painting.