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Vocabulary and Study Questions: Art, Contemporary

Go back to the main article. Vocabulary Character Pinyin English 艺术 yìshù art (N) 艺术家 yìshùjiā artist (N) 画 huà to paint, draw (V) 雕刻品 diāokèpǐn sculpture (N) 创意 chuàngyì to create (VO); creativity (N) 艺术工业 yìshù gōngyè art industry … Continue reading

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Architecture (Jiànzhùxué 建筑学)

Nancy S. STEINHARDT Architectural drawing of a Chinese building by William Chambers, 1757. Chinese architecture—from the Great Wall to the Forbidden City—has long distinguished itself from building traditions in other parts of the world. Its breadth of design encompasses not … Continue reading

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Art, Contemporary (Dāngdài Zhōngguó yìshù 当代中国艺术)

  Joan LEBOLD COHEN Traveler in the Mountains, by Dong Qichang (1555–1636). Much Chinese painting in the nineteenth century relied on the teachings of Ming-dynasty painter Dong Qichang, who advocated preserving the values and traditions of the cultivated scholar. Dong’s … Continue reading

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Guohua (National-Style Painting) (Guóhuà 国画)

Charles LACHMAN A Western-style portrait of a Chinese lady. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. The term guohua or “national-style painting,” first gained prominence in the early twentieth century as part of a broader discussion about how to define “Chineseness.” Although … Continue reading

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Painting (Huìhuà 绘画)

Catherine PAGANI Portrait of Sao Yong by Ren Yi (Ren Bonian 1840–1895). Ren often painted portraits of his fellow artists in contemplative poses. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Painting as an art form came into its own in the Han … Continue reading

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Painting—Court (Gōngtíng huìhuà 宫廷绘画)

Yu JIANG An detail of an scroll from the Jurchen-Jin dynasty titled Admonitions of the Instructress to the Palace Ladies by Gu Kaizhi (c. 344–406). In this scene royal children are groomed by their nannies as their parents look on … Continue reading

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Painting—Flower and Bird (Huā-niǎo huà 花鸟画)

Yu JIANG Birds in Autumn by Lin Fengmian (1900–1991). Lin often evokes a feeling of loneliness and isolation in his flower and bird paintings. Flower and bird painting is a traditional Chinese painting genre that focuses on depicting plants and … Continue reading

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Painting—Folk (Mínsú huà 民俗画)

Diana Y. CHOU Lin Fengmian (1900–1991). Opera Story, Lotus Lantern. Along with Zhang Daqian and Wu Zuoren, two other artists influenced by the New Culture Movement, Lin studied painting in the West. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Folk painting in … Continue reading

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Painting—Landscape (Shān shuǐ huà 山水画)

Diana Y. CHOU Landscape painting by Huang Binhong. Musée de l’Art Moderne, Paris. Even after the end of imperial China, landscape painting continued to develop as artists expressed the new and engaged the old. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Landscape … Continue reading

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