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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 (N) 玉 yù jade (N) 书法 shūfǎ calligraphy (N) 数字艺术 shùzì yìshù digital art (N) 展览 zhǎnlǎn to display, to […]
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 only individual buildings like pagodas, palaces, and temples but also cities, gardens, and tombs—complex interconnected structures built according to court-produced […]
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 paintings often depicted small figures of a scholar and friends viewing nature beside a steam and mountainside. NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM, […]
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 originally used to distinguish Chinese painting from Western art (xihua), the term guohua is now used primarily to distinguish between […]
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 dynasty, and would later join poetry and calligraphy as one of the “three perfections” of the scholar-gentleman (wenren). Styles of […]
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 indulgently. COLLECTION OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM. Imperial courts throughout China’s long dynastic history employed professional painters—as well as architects, artisans, […]
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 animals. It is much appreciated for the evocation of nature’s changing seasons and the painter’s lyrical emotions. In technique flower […]
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 China focuses on subjects drawn from myth, drama, and fiction, as well as regional rituals, customs, and landscape. It includes […]
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 painting—depicting mountains, trees, waterfalls, and rivers—developed as a genre during the Tang dynasty. After the end of imperial China, landscape […]