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National Palace Museum

國立故宮博物院

National Palace Museum

"Figures and Genre in the Art and Aesthetics of Form: Selections from the History of Chinese Painting"
The human figure as a subject in Chinese paintings appeared well before such later popular ones as the landscape or birds-and-flowers. Unfortunately, pain-tings on silk and paper, owing to their fragility, are difficult to preserve, so almost all of the authentic works by such famous figure painters of the Jin and Tang dynasty (618-907) as Gu Kaizhi (ca. 344-405) and Wu Daozi (ca. 685-758) have long since disappeared.
Starting from the Song dy-nasty (960-1279), however, the number of authentic works in circulation gradually increased. There was no lack to the detailed fidelity and colorful finesse of figural compositions in various themes and formats, including historical narrative illustrations reconstructing ancient scenes, genre works reflecting the life of com-moners, depictions of beautiful ladies, and portraits of personages in painting and poetry modeled after literary works.
This exhibition focuses primarily on the rich and beautiful variety of figure and genre painting from the Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644), and Qing (1644-1911) periods. The selection of sixteen sets of works on display includes Wang Zhen-peng's (fl. 1280-1329) "Dragon Boat Race by the Baojin Hall," Tang Yin's (1470-1524) "Imitating a Lady Painting by a Tang Artist," Qiu Ying's (ca. 1494-1552) "Orthodoxy of Rulers Through the Ages," Wu Bin's (16th-17th c.) "Record of Annual Events and Activities," Leng Mei's (fl. 17th-18thc.) "Illustrations of Agriculture and Sericulture," and Yang Dazhang's (fl. 18th c.) "Imitating a Painting of Jinling by Song Court Artists." Some of these works are also accompanied by transparency enlarge-ments, offering a detailed look at the subject and brushwork of artists and revealing their stylistic features and technical achievements.


Updated : 2021-05-12 13:18 GMT+08:00