Around this time last year, I went to the Hong Kong Museum of Art to check out its special exhibition entitled Lofty Integrity: Donation of Works by Wu Guanzhong. Held between March 26th and October 10th, 2010, it featured 51 works by the Chinese painter, including several that he had himself donated to the museum.
Sadly, Wu Guanzhong passed away in the middle of Lofty Integrity's exhibition period. But as a look at his artworks shows (and a read of such as the long-lived individual's obituaries confirm), he led quite the full life and left the world with much to admire and treasure.
Viewing his works chronologically, it is interesting to see how in his old age, Wu's paintings grew increasingly abstract. However, the Victoria Harbour scenes he painted on clear glass on a 2002 visit to Hong Kong (two photographs of which are included in this Photo Hunt entry) -- and displayed once more at the Hong Kong Museum of Art (which happens to be located by Victoria Harbour) in 2010 -- contain easily recognizable representations of buildings, boats and waves that are very evocative.
Also on display as part of the Lofty Integrity exhibition were the highly respected artist's paint-splattered palette and other artistic tools. As a light-hearted aside: When viewing the palette, I got to thinking that it could be easily mistaken for an abstract painting, albeit not an abstract painted by Wu himself!