Peter Zhang

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The Knickknack Peddler - Art & Culture in China
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The Knickknack Peddler

In the Song Dynasty (AD 960-1297), playing children developed into a charming category of traditional Chinese painting and a favorite theme of imperial court painters.
Misty Bamboo on a Distant Mountain - Art & Culture in China
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Misty Bamboo on a Distant Mountain

Bamboo is admired for its straight stalks and green color even in winter. Since ancient times, Chinese scholars have seen bamboo as a symbol of being firm and tenacious. 
Galloping Horse - Art & Culture in China
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Galloping Horse

The horse, one of the most beloved animals in the country, has been a favorite subject in traditional Chinese painting for hundreds of years.
Ink wash shrimps by Qi Baishi - Art & Culture in China
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Ink wash shrimps by Qi Baishi

Shrimps have been the favorite subject of Qi Baishi's painting for decades.
Plum Blossoms - Art & Culture in China
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Plum Blossoms

Many art critics in the country agree that the most remarkable representative of this "last glory" of the Chinese scholar-official painting is none other than Wu Changshuo.
Emperor Kangxi's Southern Inspection Tour - Art & Culture in China
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Emperor Kangxi's Southern Inspection Tour

Quite a few masterpieces of traditional Chinese painting portray emperors as symbols of supreme power. These include "Emperor Kangxi's Southern Inspection Tour."
The Fuchun Mountains - Art & Culture in China
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The Fuchun Mountains

How could a painter who spent most of his time copying earlier works became known as a "most innovative" master painter himself?
Early Snow on the River - Art & Culture in China
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Early Snow on the River

Fishermen and fishing are popular subjects in Chinese painting, yet Zhao Gan's realistic rendition differed from later artists' approach. 
Lofty Mount Lu - Art & Culture in China
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Lofty Mount Lu

Shen Zhou painted "Lofty Mount Lu," to mark the 70th birthday of his teacher, Chen Kuan. The painting is seen as a representation of Shen's respect for his teacher.
Woodblock illustrations of 'Romance of the Western Chamber' - Art & Culture in China
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Woodblock illustrations of 'Romance of the Western Chamber'

Chen Hongshou's illustrations from "Romance of the Western Chamber" feature figurative, elegant contours and curvilinear drapery lines.
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