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PATRICK SUN

The Whole Spectrum

BY YSABELLE CHEUNG

Portrait of Patrick Sun. Courtesy Sunpride Foundation, Hong Kong.

In a painting by Qian Hui’an (1833–1911), two young boys share a white-fleshed watermelon. At their back is a rock wall; in front is another melon, this one unsplit, its curves mimicking the fluid lines of their embracing, huddled figures. The dress of one of the figures—a loose, red sash around the waist, the same shade as the scarlet of their lips—and a bamboo fan evoke the canicular heat. The symbolic fertile fruit, the rapturous mien…

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