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Chinese Painting: Modern and Contemporary Landscape Paintings

"Chinese Painting: Modern and Contemporary Landscape Paintings"

Toyokan Room 8  February 13, 2019 (Wed) - March 31, 2019 (Sun)

Cultivating Orchids and Bamboos(detail), By Xu Gu, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Aoyama San'u)

In the second half of the 19th century, painters of the Shanghai school created works in fresh new styles and laid the foundations for the development of modern Chinese painting. These painters were centered on Shanghai, a city that had experienced economic growth after its port was opened to international trade by the foreign powers. When the Qing dynasty ended and the Republic of China was founded in 1912, art schools and organizations were established in China’s large cities. These artists, who had studied Western painting and Japanese painting, experimented with diverse styles. Some imitated the painting styles of past Chinese masters, while others took actual places of scenic beauty as their subject, yet in doing so, these artists continually produced Chinese landscape paintings that re-interpreted the genre. This room features modern and contemporary Chinese paintings, with a focus on landscape paintings.

Current exhibit includes:
Landscape after Jian Jiang, By Xu Gu (1821-96), China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Private collection)
Mountains in Early Spring after Huang Gong wang, By Lu Hui, China, Republic period, dated 1917 (Private collection)
Lake Shi, By Yuan Peiji, China, Qing dynasty, dated 1902 (Private collection)
Sea of Clouds Seen from Mt. Huang, By Huang Binhong, China, Republic period, 20th century (Private collection)