CHINESE PAINTERS: Painting Women Playing Games

Chinese Painting, Painting by of Ink wash on paper. Painting using ink and paper.

What an Artist Keep in Mind While Painting?

Zhou Fang Ladies Playing Double-Sixes,
The Chinese Painter Eighth Century AD.
Detail of a wall scroll

Here we can see that the artist has an aim while painting this piece of art. What is the aim, then? He wants to paint an outer appearance of the objects he is going to paint. That is for sure. But does he want to paint something else, too? Yes. He wants to paint the inner essence too. The energy the objects are revealing and the force that is visible in the pose. That is called the spirit of a scene. The artists hare wants to paint that. 

The secret of the efficiency of the most renowned artists in China is their Caligraphy. The chines art of writing, itself. The Chines Asrits learn mich from their ancient art of calligraphy. 

If the people of China were to be identified with one word of our dictionary; the word unfailingly would be “Unique”. It is because the People of China have lived and behaved in so unique manner. Being one of the holders of the oldest and continuous tradition of art, Chinese artists have tried making their painting ornamental instead of making them looking representational. But they have kept the visual beauty intact.

THE CHINESE ART

The art of painting in China is as old as we can predict. The first recognized pieces of art of painting belong to as early as the second century BC. During this period the kings sponsored the artists. And the kings’ courts were the main patrons of the art. This is the branch of paintings that have seen maximum dynasties and an equal number of ups and downs.

Perhaps developed as a ‘sister art’ or a ‘parallel art’ of ‘calligraphy, the painting was an activity of leisure among the Chinese aristocrats and scholar-officials of the time. Unlike the use of colours for paintings, The first batch of paintings available was painted with ink on silk. But with invent of paper, and as the use of paper became routine, the Chinese painters made the cheap material of paper their base for the paintings. They would paint on paper and then mount it on a scroll to be hanged on walls or courts, monasteries and the houses of wealthy people.

The above painting is from Zhou Fang. He was one of the two most famous figure painters of the Tang dynasty of China that ruled in China from 618 to 907 AD. The painting is executed with a fine line and soft and glowing colours used in Chinese tradition. The painter Zhou Fang's paintings of Buddha, celestial beings, figures, and paintings of beautiful women were painted in a beautiful manner. 

What Makes Chines Art unique?

There are three important aspects that make the art of Chine so unique.

1.     China has a long tradition of culture and art. So the artists have their store of ancient work. They learn from their past. The ancient cultural history makes an artist of a country more prolific and more grounded.

2.     The tame that has been allotted in the artworks of any country or any group of persons, the artists here, is of very much significance. Thus the artists we can discover what is under the minds of the old or the artists of a bygone era is much important. The Chinese artists have that resource, in abundance. 

3.     It is beyond doubt that a nicely painted piece of art reveals the inner character of an artist. The chines artists are good at this count, too.

Chinese (Hong Kong)‎: Picture of a lady with a fan (partial) 周昉, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons  


 
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