Chinese Art

Chinese Painting
Chinese art is visual art that, whether ancient or modern, originated in or is practiced in China or by Chinese artists. Chinese art has arguably the oldest continuous tradition in the world, and is marked by an unusual degree of continuity within, and consciousness of, that tradition, lacking an equivalent to the Western collapse and gradual recovery of classical styles. 

I trust you enjoy this visit and may you be enriched with the work of masters of art

Paintings presented in the video . . .

Scroll 1
Court Ladies Preparing Newly Woven Silk
Zhang Xuan (713-755) was a Chinese painter who lived during the Tang dynasty (618–907)
Handscroll, ink and color on silk, 37.1 x 145 cm •
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Scroll 2
Court Ladies of Guo on a Spring Excursion
Zhang Xuan (713-755) was a Chinese painter who lived during the Tang dynasty (618–907)

Scroll 3
Five Bulls
Han Huang ( 723-787), courtesy name Taichong
formally Duke Zhongsu of Jin

Scroll 4
Red Cliff 
Qiu Ying (ca. 1494-1552), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) 
Handscroll, ink and color on silk, 26.5 x 95 cm
Liaoning Provincial Museum Shenyang

Scroll 5
Spring Morning in the Han Palace
Qiu Ying (ca. 1494–1552) Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) •
Handscroll, ink and color on silk, 30.6 x 574.1 cm
National Palace Museum Taipei

 

Shitao

Chinese Art
Self Portrait (c. 1674)
Master Shi Planting Pines
ink and color on paper
National Palace Museum Taiwan

Chinese Art
Wilderness Colours

Shitao (ca. 1642–1707), born Zhu Ruoji was a Chinese artist of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. Born in Quanzhou County in Guangxi province, Shitao was a member of the Ming royal house. He narrowly avoided catastrophe in 1644 when the Ming dynasty fell to the invading Manchurians. Having escaped by chance from the fate to which his lineage would have assigned him, Shitao became a Buddhist monk at an early age.

Shitao moved from Wuchang, where he began his religious instruction, to Anhui in the 1660s. Throughout the 1680s he lived in Nanjing and Yangzhou, and in 1690 he moved to Beijing to find patronage for his promotion within the monastic system. Frustrated by his failure to find a patron, Shitao converted to Daoism in 1693 and returned to Yangzhou where he remained until his death in 1707.

Shitao was one of the most famous individualist painters of the early Qing dynasty, often mentioned along with Zhu Da . The art he created was revolutionary in its transgressions of the rigidly codified techniques and styles that dictated what was considered beautiful. In distinct contrast to his contemporaries known as the orthodox masters (e.g., The Four Wangs), he was far less tied to the imitation or inspiration of old masters; and, while he respected them, he saw ancient styles more as knowledge to be expanded upon than as material to be exploited.

His formal innovations in depiction include drawing attention to the act of painting itself through the use of washes and bold, impressionistic brushstrokes, as well as an interest in subjective perspective and the use of white space to suggest distance. The poetry and calligraphy that accompany his landscapes are just as beautiful, irreverent, and vivid as the paintings they compliment. His paintings have been interpreted as an invective against art-historical canonization.

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Chinese Art
Female Dancer
Female Dancer 2nd century B.C.

Chinese Art
Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
Guanyin 1282

Chinese Art
Dancer and Musicians
1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.

Chinese Art
Pipa
16th - early 17th century

Chinese Art
Chan Patriarch Bodhidharma
17th century

 

 

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