eBay Buyer Guide - An Introduction to Chinese Painting

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Chinese art, and in particular, Chinese painting is highly regarded around the world. It is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Chinese painting can be traced to as far back as six thousand years ago in the neolithic Age when the Chinese have started using brushes in their paintings. Chinese art dates back even earlier than that.

Subject
According to subject matter, Chinese paintings can be classified as portraits, landscapes, flower-and-bird, mammals, insects and fish paintings.

Component
Generally, Chinese painting is made up of the following:
1. Poems
2. Calligraphy
3. Painted image (painting)
4. The seal of the artist (signature)

Technique
When it comes to technique, there are two categories of Chinese painting:
1. Meticulous ("Gongbi") - characterized by its delicay and its precision in detail.
2. Freehand ("Xieyi") - characterized by a full layout and mainly uses the principle of the range.

Mounting
After a Chinese Calligrapher or painter has created an artwork on "Shuan" paper (mistakenly called "Rice" paper), inevitably it becomes wrinkled due to its excellent absorbency of water, ink, and colour. To help please the eyes and preserve the artwork for centuries, Chinese invented many processes to mount the artworks more than 2,000 years ago.
1. Back Mounting - This is the process of pasting a sheet of paper on the back of the artwork to smooth, thicken, and protect the original piece before framing or scroll mounting.
2. Scroll Mounting - This is the process of adding silk brocades, design, decorative strips, ribbons, upper and lower rods, knobs, and another layer of mounting paper to the mounted artwork.

Goldfish Painting - Original Oriental Hand Painted Asian Chinese Art Ink Brush Painting Goldfish

        

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