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Night-Shining White, Han Gan (Chinese, active ca. 742–756), Handscroll; ink on paper, China
Night-Shining White, Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum in New York has generously digitised many of their catalogues and journals which are now available to download!  See Metpublications.

You can search on Asian Art to find books, and articles on Chinese art from the Met Bulletin  For example:

Pear Blossoms, Unidentified, Handscroll; ink and color on paper, China

Creativity and Culture

The 2018 CBPS AGM was a great success! Knuston Hall gave us a warm welcome and plenty of good food.  The AGM business was conducted with good humour, and Louisa Yuen brought lots of interesting papers, brushes and books.

The three workshops from CBPS member teachers were excellent!

Kaili Fu captured the spirit of the lotus in literati style on xuan, with a hovering dragonfly.

Maggie Cross was inspired by an African safari with Jane Dwight to paint dramatic leopards and lions on mulberry paper.
Her innovative use of a large hake brush to model the body or form the lion’s mane really inspired us to be bold!

Dr Xuzhuang Li shared three new phrases with his unique step-by-step guide to running script.  He explained the different calligraphy scripts  – the photo shows the seal script for “dragon” – and the characteristic strokes for running script.

After the AGM, Anne Haworth’s  fascinating talk on The Phoenix at the Fall of the Empire, illustrated with copious slides,  combined detailed knowledge and human interest to compare the lives of three Empresses of the Qing dynasty, including the formidable Cixi, and the melancholy Wan Rong, balanced between archaic and modern worlds.

Barbara, Marion and Pauline also provided relaxing craft sessions in the evening, which were much enjoyed.

Chinese art in Oxford now and 2019

Several interesting events coming up at the Ashmolean.  Apparently A New Moon Shines Over Bloomsbury!  On Fri 2 Nov, 1–2.30pm, Dr Paul Bevan,  will explore Ling Suhua’s ‘Friendship Scroll’,  with a chance to see this unique artwork – a handscroll with multiple vignettes by several modern Chinese artists including Zhang Daqian and Xu Beihong.

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Looking ahead to 2019, learn about Chinese woodblock printing:

The exhibition of Women in Chinese Art over the last 100 years is on till 14th October.  Have a look at this Ashmolean blog, with several illustrations.a century of women in chinese art

Coming up, Japanese print exhibition Plum Blossom and Green Willow, 2 Oct 2018 – 17 Mar 2019.

surinomo free display

And at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education:

Hand-made brushes

Have a look here for unique hand-made brushes.  Elizabeth was using the normal oriental brushes, and started making her own to push herself “out of her comfort zone” and to get new effects.  Could inspire us all to have a go!

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