Understanding Chinese Paintings: From Masterpieces to the Core

April 22, 2023
9:30 - 11:30 AM EDT

Around 30,000 to 40,000 years ago, humans already painted images of animals as well as abstract symbols in caves using natural pigments, showing remarkable sophistication as early as the Paleolithic time. Painting is arguably one of the earliest artistic representations of cultures created by humans around the world.

Chinese painting presents one of the finest and most nuanced art forms created in human history. What constitutes the core of Chinese painting that sustains its continuity for over 1,800 years? What are some of the characteristics that set Chinese painting apart from the western tradition? How to understand the pursuit of “truth in spirit” (图真) and “poetic nature” (诗性) in the case of Chinese painting?

Guided by above questions, this seminar will examine some of the most acclaimed masterpieces including Night Revels of Han Xizai (《韩熙载夜宴图》) by Gu Hongzhong (顾闳中) and Early Spring (《早春图》) by Guo Xi (郭熙), and help participants to build a general understanding of the unique observing methods, modes of thinking and aesthetic tastes of Chinese painting.

This two-hour online seminar will be in Chinese.

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