Traditional Chinese painting

Chinese painting, also known as brush painting or ink-wash painting, is one of the oldest art forms in the world. However, the varied styles, techniques, perspectives and symbolism of such paintings are often very different from most Western art works. Also, the tools and media employed by the artists of traditional Chinese painting, such as inksticks, inkstones, rice paper and brushes, are unfamiliar to many Westerners. As a result, Chinese paintings, including many masterpieces, may seem mysterious to our readers. This series aims to explain the aesthetic concepts behind Chinese paintings and tell some interesting stories about their creation and their creators.
Chinese painting, also known as brush painting or ink-wash painting, is one of the oldest art forms in the world. However, the varied styles, techniques, perspectives and symbolism of such paintings are often very different from most Western art works. Also, the tools and media employed by the artists of traditional Chinese painting, such as inksticks, inkstones, rice paper and brushes, are unfamiliar to many Westerners. As a result, Chinese paintings, including many masterpieces, may seem mysterious to our readers. This series aims to explain the aesthetic concepts behind Chinese paintings and tell some interesting stories about their creation and their creators.
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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