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.
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Immortal in Splashed Ink

In the middle and late years of Tang Dynasty, a group of artists began to experiment more adventurous brush techniques such as splashing ink.
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Monk in a Red Robe

Monk in a Red Robe, has long been cherished by Chinese scholars as a rare gem in traditional Chinese painting.
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Mountains and Pines in Spring

The painting is a typical art piece of "Mi's dots." Mi's dots often remind today's viewer of the pointillism developed by French impressionist painters.
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Yongle Palace Murals

The murals in the Sistine Chapel are known across the world, but hardly any tourists have seen their Chinese counterparts, the murals in the remote Yongle Gong temple.
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Auspicious Cranes

Among all the paintings attributed to the Northern Song emperor Zhao Ji, "none is so enchanting as the short handscroll entitled 'Auspicious Cranes.'" 
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Night-Shining White

During Tang Dynasty, the equine painting became extremely popular and many new techniques were developed to paint this "celestial animal."
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Travelers Among Mountains and Streams

To embody the Taoist principle of man being just a small part of nature, Fan Kuan made the human figures rather small in order to dramatize the awesome power of nature.
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Emperor Xuanzong's Journey to Shu

"Emperor Xuanzong's Journey to Shu" has long been deemed the best example of the Green and Blue Landscape genre in traditional Chinese painting.

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T-shaped painting on silk

The painting on a T-shaped silk banner was unearthed from a 2,000-year-old tomb in southern China, revealing the ethereal beauty of exquisite line drawing.
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Eighty-Seven Celestials

Painted in the typical Chinese baimiao or "plain drawing" style, the brushwork has long been deemed as the very best of its genre in the traditional Chinese painting.
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