Jan 15, 2015 at 12:23 PM
When it comes to traditional Chinese paintings and calligraphy, these are mostly fixed to scrolls and not framed or bordered. Generally, landscape painting is the most popular and regarded highly as the subject for paintings in China. And these paintings along with calligraphy works are found all over, which you can purchase as souvenirs to take home. Another form of traditional Chinese painting is the Chinext painting which is the art of painting on a piece of Xuan paper or silk. They use a Chinese brush soaked with black ink or colored pigments to paint in this form of painting. The traditional Chinese painting is also classified into three types including painting figures, landscapes as well as flowers and birds. Along with painting, traditional Chinese medicine and Beijing opera are other quintessence characters of Chinese culture. The landscape painting deals with scenery, which first appeared in the Qin Dynasty. The flowers and birds painting focus on drawing flowers and birds along with other animals, fishes, as well as insects in their natural form. The traditional Chinese painting gives more attention on artistic conception and focus on the idea that painting should contain more meaning than what it depicts. Overall the traditional Chinese painting is an art form that combines poetry, calligraphy and seal carving. Traditional Chinese painting brings modest emotions and artistic pleasure for people. That is why this form of painting is so popular all across the world. Like paintings, the history of ceramics in China is also very popular and old and is still flourishing. The Chinese invented porcelain and kept the secrets of how to create them within themselves for hundreds of years. The product made of porcelain became popular items that were favored in the Middle East and in the West. Lovely pieces of porcelain are available for sale almost everywhere in Beijing. Jingdezhen in southwest Shanghai has always been the primary production center for porcelain in the country. Many beautiful ceramic items can be purchased including tea-pots, tea cup sets and so on. Other interesting and traditional Chinese items include the Chinese freshwater pearls, which is produced in southern China. Beijing has abundance of these pearl necklaces, bracelets, and earrings available everywhere in the city.
Jan 12, 2015 at 03:18 AM
The traditional Chinese paintings have always been enticing people all over the world. You can see these paintings in different objects such as crockery, attire, pots, paper lanterns and much more. Some such designs can also be seen in the walls of people’s home. The traditional Chinese paintings have a unique thing about them and that pulls people towards it. They are very attractive and interesting. These traditional Chinese paintings are done on paper, silk and many other materials. Some such paintings possess typical Chinese shapes and symbols too. Some of these paintings are done on square base, while some on rectangular surfaces. The paintings can be about anything including flowers, birds, scenery and so on. Chinese landscape paintings and Chinese oil paintings have always been very popular. In addition, the Chinese Calligraphy also attracts people from all across the globe. That is why travellers from around the world love to bring number of Chinese paintings and Calligraphy as souvenir from Beijing. The traditional Chinese paintings have been serving as a great memento for long now.
Dec 06, 2014 at 05:00 AM
It is one of the most beautiful ancient traditions of the Chinese culture recognized throughout the world. The history of Chinese painting can be compared to masterpiece created with the help of art. The styles and traditions in figure, landscape, and bird-and-flower painting have formed themes that still continue and practiced. The landscape form of art is considered one of the prestigious and popular forms of art practiced. To paint a thought in a traditional way known as “guohua”, this basically means that painting depicting “native or national art”. Customary work of art involves the same techniques as used in calligraphy and is done with the help of brush dipped in black or colour ink. The main backgrounds on which art is performed are silk and paper. The other form of backgrounds used such as album sheets, folding screens and other media. The two main techniques of expressing thoughts with help of art are: Gong-bi: using highly detailed brush strokes. Colourful paintings expressing figures are stories. Ink and wash painting: it is also known as “literati painting” using water colours and paint brushes. Paintings were done by free hand technique. It was initiated during “song dynasty”. The other popular techniques of painting are as follows: Baimiao: where the paintings are created with the help of lines and black ink. Mogu: these are frameless paintings and do not involve counters. Xieyi: the paintings depicting idea or the intention of the painting. Artists painted the beautiful rolling hills and rivers of their native countryside in peaceful scenes done with softer, rubbed brushwork, expressing their love towards nature. The main six elements defining art of painting are spirit resonance, bone method, correspondence to the object, suitability or type, division and planning, transmission by copying. Billboard painting is the modern form art practiced in Chinese ethnicity. It is the practice where advertisement and slogans are expressed with the help of paintings. The realism was expressed with the help of colourful design and patterns. It is one of the most creative styles of attracting people towards the message. Chinese painting has been the recreation of uniqueness and improvement within the framework of one's "symphonic" heritage. The painting galleries at China Online Museum represent a selection of individual "performances" in order to provide an overview of some major traditions and movements in Chinese painting.
Dec 13, 2014 at 05:03 PM
In early the earlier times when the imperialistic society was flourishing, calligraphy and painting in China were the most highly valuable arts in court circles and were produced almost fashionable manner by amateurs, customarily aristocrats and scholar-officials, enjoying the leisure time necessary to perfect the technique and sensibility necessary for great brushwork. Calligraphy was considered to be the highest and purest form of painting. During the Jin Dynasty, people started to appreciate painting for its beauty and started to write about art. From this time individual artists, such as GU Kaizhi, started to gain popularity. Artists started to illustrated Confucian moral themes – such as the proper behaviour of a wife to her husband or of children to their parents but they also tried to make the figures graceful. Tang dynasty, landscape painting had evolved into an independent kind that embodied the unanimous longing of sophisticated men to escape their limited world to empathize with nature. Such images might also convey specific social, philosophical, or political belief. In the era of Song Dynasty their identity was their literati through poetry, calligraphy, and a new style of painting that employed calligraphic brushwork for self-expressive ends. The monochrome images of old trees, bamboo, rocks, and retirement retreats created by these scholar-artists became emblems of their character and spirit. Limited colours but detailed paintings gained great praise during that phase and still continue to gain praise. Yuan dynasty witnessed the budding of a second kind of sophisticated landscape, the "mind landscape," which embodied both learned references to the styles of earlier masters and, through calligraphic brushwork, the inner spirit of the artist. Going beyond representation, scholar-artists instil their paintings with personal emotions. Images of nature and its scenic beauty have remained a potent source of inspiration for artists till the present date. The Chinese landscape has been transformed due to change of the human occupation and other activities. Chinese artistic expression has been deeply influenced with images of the natural world. By a mere view at Chinese landscape paintings, it is clear that Chinese depictions of nature is mere representations of the external world. Expressions of the mind and heart of the individual artists are greatly influenced landscapes that embody the culture and cultivation of their masters.
Dec 10, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Chinese artistic culture has a strong tradition of painting and the art of calligraphy. One of the earliest forms was the painting of Chinese pottery, as exemplified by the so-called Painted Pottery. In comparison to the Western art, Chinese painting is more concerned with water based practice, rather than oils or acrylics. In addition, Chinese painting is traditionally more stylized, more abstract and imaginative. It also emphasizes the importance of white space and may be said to prefer landscape painting over portrait art, or figure painting. Buildings and people are used in the painting to show the inevitable presence of humankind in relation of nature. Houses or temples are painted nestling into a hillside or half-hidden in trees. The roof design and painting is considered opulent and remarkable. Other roofs may be very simple with rural touch, possibly thatched, depicting at poverty or simplicity. Gateways and fences imply that there is a shrine or garden behind the scenes protected. Bridges, viewing points, and shelters may fulfil the purpose of serving the needs of people. These elements suggest movement of people through a landscape. To create a distinction a spot of bright colour within the scene is created. Boats and cars show the activities of the people, adding movement or inactivity to the life. Boats can be shown at different scales depicts the feeling of distance, and to represent that the space in the painting is water. When painting people in a landscape, the painter needs to consider the amount of detail required. Generally clothes of people are shown with just a few lines. There is a choice to be made between painting the figures with a landscape background and populating a landscape with the people living in it. All the difference existing in the society is depicted with different designs, activities carried out by them like smaller figure carrying a package to demonstrate the difference in their stations, whereas the musician playing in long, flowing robe suggests leisure time. Tranquillity is depicted through small sitting figure meditating. Each and every aspect of the landscape whether human beings or the instruments used by the human beings for their conduct is defined in a detailed manner. Different colours and lines are used to explain the difference and importance.
Feb 16, 2015 at 12:56 PM
Painting is the most attractive feature of art of China. The painting style is unique, shaped by the wisdom and love and brooding of this one people, and unrivalled in its sort through the entire world. The spirit of the national art is most intensely expressed. The Oriental painter is a philosopher, a seer, an artist in living. He prepares himself for creative expression by spiritual absorption and by meticulous discipline of the active mind. The paintings are more than a sympathetic link between painter and poet. In much of Western painting there is a strain of assertive ambition - an exhibitionistic spirit, a show of personal emotion, a parade of virtuosity. The Chinese paintings hold the principle that there is no creation of art without peace of soul. The landscape painting was introduced in the Tang era, the most typical form of expression. By the eighth century established traditions of landscape treatment. The Chinese term that corresponds to the word "landscape” literally signifies "mountain and water." Indeed, the aim of all Chinese landscape painters through the ages has been to try to purify the essence of natural elements, mountains and still or flowing water. Chinese paintings are the useful source for studying figures. Journals and calendars, and books about life and scenery in China, are invaluable. Chinese legends and stories, such as “The Outlaw of the Marsh” (also known as “The Water Margin”), “Monkey,” and other classics, even children’s books, incorporate a wealth of information and inspiration are depicted with the help of figure painting. Paintings describing great legends leave a more remarkable expression on anyone’s mind and anyone not familiar with the language can also understand them easily. While painting figures the important task is to decide whether the painting is to be a portrait or whether the attitude or action of the figure is of prime importance. Portraits are a little uncommon in China. The other exciting features offered and taken care of while painting figures with the qualities like showing proud, strength, resistance, or being downtrodden. Many paintings, especially those from the era of the Cultural Revolution also show heroic stances.
Feb 14, 2015 at 06:36 AM
The Chinese work of art is the traditional pictorial art practiced in chinese civilization for more than thousand years. Deep rooted artistic work is an original way of thinking and expressing stress on the unity of the man and universe and the undisturbed dynamism of this universe. Chinese painting looks to express the heart, the internal movement of the beings. Chinese painting is comprises of one or more poems, calligraphy, a painted image and the seal of the artist.Various techniques followed while painting are as follows: 1. Gongbi technique The careful brush or the skilful brush is characterized by its delicacy and its precision in detail. 2. Baimiao technique: Drawing of the line and draws only contours with black ink. 3. Mogu technique :Without frame, but it does not draw contours. 4. Xieyi technique : is characterized by a full layout and mainly uses the principle of the range. 5. Shuimo technique :Ink and water are a style of Xieyi, but only carried out with black ink, while exploiting the ranges. The purpose of Chinese painting is to carry out the artistic charm which is carrying a meaning of the infinite.The Chinese traditional paintings conceive thoughts that the universe consists of breaths of various densities and always moving, source of the life. While recreating these image gives it life and establish a direct connection between the universe, painting and the human. Thus the concept of painting including act to paint or contemplate a painting makes it possible to discover the unity with space.Art of painting is more than a simple aesthetic work: it's an art of living. Rhyme of the breaths and movement of life is, are some of the excellent expression to catch the meaning of Chinese painting. The designs used in Chinese painting are very varied. Some of the popular patterns are the large roller, the horizontal format, the range, etc.The subjects of the art work can be peoples, landscapes, flowers and birds, mammals, insects and fish, architecture, etc. The source of inspiration is nature.The landscapes, the characters and the flowers and birds are the three favourite themes of the Chinese painters. It entails a detailed study of the plants and flowers in accordance to the four seasons and of the characteristics of the birds, the insects, fish and the mammals.
Jan 26, 2015 at 07:30 AM
Traditional Furniture China requires technical woodworking upper class, and has been loved by people for thousands of years. The furniture is skillfully carved with natural flowers, spirits or animal designs. There are styles such as Ming Dynasty Style, style of the Qing Dynasty and Tibetan style. Many kinds of sizes, doors, windows, cupboards and cabinets are ideal for decorating the house with classic features. The market has rich sources of paintings and ancient, such as calligraphy oil paintings, watercolors, ink paintings, print-ingredients, sketches, paintings and antique decorative calligraphy. A small number of them are precious original manuscripts, but most are imitations. There are many stalls selling old books and propaganda images. The pictures describe the cultural life of the founding of the PRC and reflects the friendly spirit of the time. Liu Zhanquan is a famous collector of hundreds of old paintings of propaganda. The images enjoyed by visitors and show the characteristics of the times.
Feb 05, 2015 at 04:36 PM
Chinese painting is one of the oldest forms of art in the world. The fascinating Chinese painting done in the traditional style is called as guóhuà in Chinese. The word guóhuà means ‘native’ painting and this is an ancient art as compared to western style of art, which came into being in the 20th century. The traditional painting is done through the same procedure as calligraphy and it is done with the help of a brush dipped in black or colored ink. This form of painting does not use any kind of oil. Like in calligraphy materials used for the traditional painting are paper and silk. The painted material on paper and silk can be mounted on scrolls to decorate as hanging scrolls or handscrolls. In addition, the traditional paintings are also used on album sheets, lacquerware, walls and so on. There are two main techniques in fascinating Chinese painting including the Gong-bi and the Ink and wash painting. Gong-bi means "meticulous" and in this type of painting uses highly detailed brushstrokes. This form is highly colorful and generally depicts figural or narrative subjects. This form of painting were used by artists working for the royal court or in independent workshops. On the other hand, the Ink and wash painting, known as Shui-mo in Chinese is also termed as the water colour or brush painting. This style is also referred to as "xie yi" or freehand style.
Jan 27, 2015 at 07:23 PM
The traditional costumes play a vital part in Chinese civilization. The common cross-collar and wrapping the right lapel over the left are some of the basic features of Chinese traditional costumes. Besides, tying with sash and a particular kind of blouse worn with skirt or long gown are other features of Chinese traditional attire. Most of these features have been preserved for thousands of years now. Later, the Chinese Tunic Suit or the Mao suit as it was commonly known was created for men, while cheongsam prevailed for women in China and became a part of Chinese traditional attire. The popularity of the Mao suit was such during the early period of the People’s Republic of China that not only males but females also started wearing Mao suits during that time. In the 1970’s, with China implementing reforms and opening policies, the masses gradually turned to wearing western-style attire. Even in the present time most people in China like to wear modern clothes in their daily lives. But during festivals, religious or other occasion or any event, they do prefer to wear traditional attires only. However, many people belonging to the country’s ethnic minorities wear traditional costumes in their daily lives and these people do play an important role in the traditional Chinese clothing. In the pre-historic times, Chinese clothes were made with animal skins with decorations being done with small stones and animal teeth. The Chinese attires have many other interesting features along with the basic features and patterns. The appearance, cutting, decoration, color and design, are some such things which makes Chinese attires unique and beautiful. All these features which remained a part of Chinese traditional attire have changed over the years with the change in dynasties. However, despite the changes there are many such things which have remained intact till today. The materials used for creating most attire in China are usually silk, cotton and linen. Cheongsam is one of the most popular Chinese attire in the world today. Even the Chinese Tunic Suit is very much in demand among people all over the world. Like the popular historical monuments and the favorite cuisine of China, the traditional attires of Chinese people also lure many till today.
Feb 20, 2015 at 09:54 AM
Patios (or siheyuan) are traditional Chinese housing that are popular as both residences and hotels with foreigners in search of a more historical than modern apartment or villa communities of western style Chinese experience. The siheyuan style building dating back more than 2,000 years ago, and it was common right to the 1990s in Beijing, when these mainly single storey buildings began to be mass demolished to make way for apartment buildings of various much more practical homes that could accommodate more rapid increase in the population of Beijing. Many of the remaining siheyuan have been renovated, modernized and brought into the 21st century luxury residences often considered, these redesigned and siheyuan westernized bring anywhere from 20,000 yen per month in rent at the lower end of ¥ 100,000 + monthly higher numbers ... that would shock the Chinese migrants living in un-modernized siheyuan remaining in rent prices equivalent to approximately one hundredth of the accused to the inhabitants of the variety renovated
Dec 09, 2014 at 09:55 AM
The glass snuff bottles Beijing are a Chinese traditional handicraft with a history of 200 years. They are very popular in China and abroad for its hand unique and exquisite art work. Reportedly, the snuff snuff was introduced in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and snuff bottles represent a combination of Chinese and foreign cultures. Not only a container for snuff, but also an art form, collected by wealthy entrepreneurs and influential officials. Snuff bottles are made from special materials such as jade, and have a unique way. Painted inside Ones are particularly famous and admired by collectors. Also called reverse painted due to technique. This difficult method uses a very fine brush bamboo inserted through the narrow neck of the bottle and angled to make the strokes required. The object must be painted in reverse order from the first drop of paint to touch the glass will be in front of subsequent strokes. Thus, the data must be painted before the subject: Eyes first, then face, then background, etc. The "reverse" of how typical painters work. Most of the paintings inside the bottles are of Chinese style with vivid pictures, simple colors and stylish designs, giving them great value of the collection. Moreover, the bottles also represent the culture of Chinese snuff, and provide a historical source research culture snuff.