Chinese Painting

The traditional subjects are: Landscape, Figures, and “Flower and Bird.”  They can all be seen in Buddhist murals in the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, north-eastern China

You can find out more about the history and subjects of Chinese painting in Wikipedia.  And an individual opinion of the 10 greatest painters.

Chinese Painting and famous Chinese artists.

Hidden Meanings and Beyond in Chinese Painting.

Series of videos by the Asian Art Museum.

A video touring the Chinese collections of the Metropolitan Museum in New York – a great overview of different media, periods, styles and imagery, and a glimpse of the richness of the Met’s collection.

Paintings owned by the Qianlong emperor auctioned, including dragons by Chen Rong.

Good to see Chinese art getting attention in the BBC series “Civilisations“.  The wonderful Mary Beard viewed the Terracotta Warriors in episode 2, and Simon Schama rhapsodised about landscapes, including the  the turbulent peaks of Wang Meng, in episode 3.  There were good close-ups of the ink work and also some lovely shots of the Yellow Mountains and the Qingbian Mountains.  David Olusoga highlighted the work of Japanese artist Maruyama Okyo  – wonderful screens of “Bamboo in wind and rain”, and the stunning masterpiece “Cracked Ice”!  Just a few brush stroke in varying tones to show the essence of imperfection and impermanence.  The final programme included a large new work by Cai Guo-Qiang, who used giant papercuts with his usual gunpowder to create ghostly flowers and misty impressions by fun and chance!

Chinese paper making.  Japanese paper making video, and another, and another.

A video made by the British Museum showing Qu Leilei’s paintings being mounted as traditional scrolls.   Fascinating to see some of the detailed techniques, such as burnishing the backing paper.

And another video on mounting by Henry Li.

Chinese rock art, e.g. Zuojiang Huashan.

Chinese Rock Art Huashan 花山岩画