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Traditional Chinese Painting
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black ink or colored pigments; oils are not used. As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made are paper and silk. The two main techniques in Chinese painting are:
- Gongbi, meaning “meticulous”, uses highly detailed brushstrokes that delimits details very precisely. It is often highly colored and usually depicts figural or narrative subjects.
- Ink and wash painting, also loosely termed watercolour or brush painting. In theory this was an art practiced by gentlemen, a distinction that begins to be made in writings on art from the Song dynasty, though in fact the careers of leading exponents could benefit considerably. This style is also referred to as freehand style. We are showcasing few of a large collection of Traditional Chinese paintings during this year’s Asian Heritage Month, hoping that we can spread the culture in the world of Arts.