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.
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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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Dunhuang Murals: gem in the world's history of art

Housing more than 50,000 square meters of gorgeous murals, the Buddhist caves in Dunhuang are a rare gem in the world's history of art.
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Spring Morning in the Han Palace

The long handscroll depicts a variety of activities on a spring morning in the imperial palace of Han Dynasty (202 BC – AD 220.
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One Hundred Horses

Among the top 10 masterpieces of traditional Chinese painting, One Hundred Horses was painted not by a Chinese artist, but by an Italian called Giuseppe Castiglione.
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Nine Dragons

Some art scholar described the painting as "a combination of utter brilliance, strong feelings, outstanding calligraphy and ink painting skill, and a completely sloshed mind."
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Rare Fowl Sketched from Life

Although the painter created it to teach his son how to paint, Rare Fowl Sketched from Life has become a popular example of bird-and-flower painting.
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Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

When talking about traditional Chinese landscape paintings, it's almost impossible not to mention Fuchun Shan Ju Tu, or Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains.
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