Painting Bronzes

I just can’t stop trying to capture the colours and designs of ancient bronzes, especially the Gu:

Bronze Gu and pine
Gu with Chrysanthemums and poem.
Gu and inkstone by moonlight
Ancient bronzes
Bronze Bell
Bronze ding with poem in seal script (sold)
Silver Moon (c) A Reich 2014
Bronze Bell, 2019

Silver Moon is a free interpretation of Warring States silver and gold inlay.

The patinated “blue-green” bronzes are beautiful, and a good subject to paint with mineral blue and green colours.   Morgan Jones, who volunteers at Compton Verney, and is very knowledgeable about bronzes, once said he tried to imagine them new and shiny.  That inspired me to try to paint bronzes as they might have been.  So I spent a lovely spring holiday with friends at Knuston Hall crashing ink and colour.  I had them mounted in China as “collector’s handscrolls”.

Handscrolls of bronzes

Here is an old and new version of a you vessel.

I particularly like this dou from Shanghai Museum, imaging that the inlaid figures and animals were in turquoise, though they were in fact in copper.

New Dou