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.
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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