Opera Painting

Chinese opera is rich in folklore, characters and distinctive costumes and make-up. Its long history has inspired artworks drawn from scenes and performers. This series will take a closer look at this unique genre through the works of Shanghai painter Zhu Gang.
Chinese opera is rich in folklore, characters and distinctive costumes and make-up. Its long history has inspired artworks drawn from scenes and performers. This series will take a closer look at this unique genre through the works of Shanghai painter Zhu Gang.
A king and his concubine suffer the death of defeat - Art & Culture in China
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A king and his concubine suffer the death of defeat

"Farewell My Concubine" recounts the tragic love story of King Xiang Yu and his concubine Yu Ji, set just before the king's decisive defeat at the hands of rival Liu Bang's forces.
Palace maid plots to assassinate the 'tiger' - Art & Culture in China
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Palace maid plots to assassinate the 'tiger'

Painter Zhu Gang depicts the assassination moment by contrasting the two protagonists – palace maid Fei Zhen'e and General Li Gu, nicknamed the "tiger."
Battle of mistaken identity ends happily - Art & Culture in China
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Battle of mistaken identity ends happily

Dang Ma was an episode of "The Generals of the Yang Family," a collection of folklore, plays and novels on the Yang military family during the Song Dynasty.
Mother's indelible counsel to a warrior son - Art & Culture in China
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Mother's indelible counsel to a warrior son

As one of ancient China's most celebrated generals, Yue Fei (1103-1142), is remembered for his grand military successes and for his integrity and loyalty to the emperor.
A wronged widow is vindicated after death - Art & Culture in China
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A wronged widow is vindicated after death

The opera "Injustice to Dou E" is a household Chinese tale of a widow falsely accused, wrongly convicted, beaten at court and finally beheaded on the spot.
Legendary ancient beauty, tragic love story - Art & Culture in China
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Legendary ancient beauty, tragic love story

Yang Yuhuan (AD 719-756), one of the four great beauties of ancient China, has long been a muse for artists and writers – the subject of paintings, operas and poems.
Artist develops a distinctive style for capturing the world of opera - Art & Culture in China
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Artist develops a distinctive style for capturing the world of opera

Opera painting is an indispensable part of Shanghai artist Zhu Gang's work. He has found his own way to combine realism with a freehand painting method.
An ancient deity is kinder than he looks - Art & Culture in China
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An ancient deity is kinder than he looks

Opera painter Zhu Gang, in a series of artwork, depicted the folk story of Zhong Kui marrying off his sister.
When art sings: China opera inspires artists - Art & Culture in China
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When art sings: China opera inspires artists

Opera painting, a unique art form in China, has obscure origins. Shanghai-based painter Zhu Gang has won acclaim for combining tradition, realism and freehand brushwork.
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