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Introduction to Chinese Painting on silk or rice paper
Chinese painting has become very popular in the Western world, particularly the United States. Chinese paintings are known for their beautiful landscapes and paintings of mammals, birds, and fish. In Chinese painting there are two basic techniques, “meticulous” or Gong-bi and “freehand” or Shui-mo. Meticulous is very detailed while freehand is more impressionistic. Most Chinese consider landscape paintings as the top example of Chinese art, and many Westerners agree.
Traditional Chinese silk painting involves nearly the same technique as calligraphy, for which the Chinese are also famous. It is produced with a brush dipped in black or colored ink and applied primarily to rice paper or silk.
Early Chinese silk paintings dating back to 400 B.C primarily depicted the human figure. Over time landscapes and animals became more popular, but the human figure still plays an important role.
During the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 A.D.) mountain paintings with waterfalls (shanshui) became very popular, as they are to this day. The Chinese silk paintings were not attempts to perfectly depict the true appearance of nature, but to capture the emotion of nature.
From the 1600s to the early 1900s many artists began to rebel against the more traditional rules of Chinese painting and started using a more free type of brushstroke.
Among those who rebelled in the early 1900s included two brothers Gao Jianful and Gao Qifeng who developed the Lingnan style of Chinese silk painting. These two greatly influenced Lin-Hua Wu’s paintings and he ultimately was trained by some of the early Lingnan masters.
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