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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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QI Baishi (Qí Báishí 齐白石)

Terence RUSSELL Painting of fish and crabs by Qi Baishi. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Qi Baishi ??? is possibly the best known Chinese painter of the modern era. His paintings, often sparse depictions of birds, plants and insects, reflect … Continue reading

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TANG Yin (Táng Yín 唐寅)

Yu JIANG Lady with Fan, by Tang Yin (1470–1523). Tang Yin, who wrote under the pen name Taohuaanzhu, meaning Master of the Peach Cottage, was one of the four masters of the Wu Painting School during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). … Continue reading

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WANG Mian (Wáng Miǎn 王冕)

Yu JIANG A scroll painting of a blossoming plum branch by Wang Mian, who inscribed six poems on the painting. Four of his contemporaries also added their own poems; calligraphy often served as a frame for the images or became … Continue reading

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XU Beihong (Xú Bēihóng 徐悲鴻)

Catherine PAGANI In his masterful paintings of galloping horses, Xu Beihong used principles of foreshortening introduced from Western art. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Xu Beihong was an important figure in introducing Western ideas to modern Chinese painting. He trained … Continue reading

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ZHANG Daqian (Zhāng Dàqiān 张大千)

Catherine PAGANI Drinking and Singing at the Foot of a Precipitous Mountain was supposedly a tenth century work attributed to the painter Guan Tong, now believed to be a master forgery by Zhang Daqian. The forgery includes seals of supposed … Continue reading

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