Hung Liu – Onion Field
Dimensions: 80 x 80″
Medium: oil on canvas
Hung Liu’s Onion Field is perhaps her masterpiece of her Dorothea Lange-inspired body of work. Liu spent two years completing the painting, which she started in 2017 and worked on for two hours almost every day for two years. The painting became like a meditation for her, a study in patience and perseverance as she meticulously painted every blade of grass; every rounded shape of the onions both in the field and inside the bags that held them. It is almost as if Liu learned to share Lange’s gaze inside her subjects as she so thoughtfully pondered every single aspect of the composition.
ONION FARM, 1939. Onions in sacks and on the ground during harvest in Malheur County, Oregon. Photograph by Dorothea Lange, October 1939.