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.
Surreal romanticism, transcendental love - Art & Culture in China
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Surreal romanticism, transcendental love

"Peony Pavilion," a play written by Shakespeare contemporary Tang Xianzu, went on to become one of the most enduring classics in the Chinese opera repertory.
Betrayal and crossed swords doom ill-fated lovers - Art & Culture in China
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Betrayal and crossed swords doom ill-fated lovers

The opera "Baihua's Sword" is about love and betrayal.
Avarice, jealousy lead to perversion of justice - Art & Culture in China
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Avarice, jealousy lead to perversion of justice

The opera "Fifteen Strings of Coins," created by the playwright Zhu Suchen during the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is a story of coincidences and mistaken circumstances.
Exploits of the Monkey King beloved by Chinese young and old - Art & Culture in China
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Exploits of the Monkey King beloved by Chinese young and old

Painter Zhu Gang's brush works have captured the Monkey King as portrayed in many traditional operas.
Unique class of traditional roles in opera dishes out comic relief - Art & Culture in China
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Unique class of traditional roles in opera dishes out comic relief

Humans have relentlessly pursued beauty and shunned what is considered ugly. But looking at it another way, beauty and ugliness may be two sides of the same coin.
Classic tales of love, treachery and conflict - Art & Culture in China
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Classic tales of love, treachery and conflict

"Water Margin" is filled with expressive characters, dramatic conflicts and an engaging plot. It has been adapted into Peking and Kunqu operas.
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.
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