Chinese Paintings: Then and now

Today I’m sharing a post from fellow blogger, Glenda Chung Hinchey. She is a third-generation Korean-American who was born and raised in Hawaii. She has written several books about her life in Hawaii and her Korean heritage. You can find more information at her website and blog: Gigi-Hawaii.

I came across her site recently as I was browsing through the “Reader”. A post about Chinese art caught my attention. I visited the site, read the post, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think you’ll enjoy it, too.

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I love art and art history. I wish I had majored in art history instead of sociology at the University of Hawaii. I would have been so happy being a curator of a museum or gallery.

Traditional Chinese painters typically used ink and colored pigments on silk or rice paper. Their technique was similar to Chinese calligraphy. Oil, which was common in European art, was not used at all.

Though artists often painted royal subjects and court life, landscapes were considered the epitome of traditional Chinese art. The human figure was just a speck next to towering mountains.

By Lu Han (1699). Ink and color on paper:

By Qian Zuan (1200s AD). Ink, color and gold on paper:

By Huang Jucai (1200s AD). Ink and color on silk:

Other traditional Chinese paintings (unattributed):

Then, during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), thousands of these priceless and valuable paintings were destroyed. The Red…

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    1. I’d been reading about Asian art and wanted to do a post for my blog. When I came across Glenda’s post on Chinese Art, I knew my readers would enjoy it, too. She was gracious enough to let me share it here.

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    1. I know the post was enjoyed by many readers. I’m fascinated by Chinese art, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to share your knowledge on my blog. Thank you!

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