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Spring Morning in Han Palace

  • Description

    During the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, a large number of vernacular paintings were made by studio artists active in cities, especially in the Jiangnan or Yangtze delta region. These paintings usually depict daily life in detail and meet practical needs - to be hung as decoration in the home, or to be presented as celebration of public holidays or domestic occasions. These paintings contrast sharply with the works of literati painters', who insisted on spontaneity and a distinct personal style. Gu Jianlong appears to have been a pivotal figure in studio art. This painting depicts a garden as the background for the leisure and gracious living of the Chinese gentry, represented by elegant and richly dressed ladies. A plaintain tree is placed in the centre of the garden, while various potted plants are displayed on a low table. Buildings with large open spaces allow people to enoy the garden easily.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (place of creation)
    17th century (1601 - 1700)
    Gu Jianlong (1606 - after 1688) (artist)
    Material and technique
    ink and colour on silk
    29.75 x 209 cm (height x width)
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    Presented in honour of the 75th birthday of Angelita Trinidad Reyes, 2007.
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