The Qing Imperial paintings occupies an important position among the court painters. With its original , somewhat poetic theme and fine, precise grushwork it ranks among the best Chinese figure paintings. An aptitute fr figure paintings from an early age, and this is borne out by varius anecdote.
The Qing Empress had her Hall repaired and was so proud of the newly whitewashed walls that when Her Majesty out she order a serving kasim boy to make sure that no one touched and dirtied them. But after the the fall of china imperial, some off the imperial painting in dirty and almost off because no one tooke care that very rare imperial paintings.before all became broken and faded , I think better I install the imperial painting in my blog and my be the native Chinese Painting collector will help me to write the more best narations .
The Qing Empress eager to paint something on the wall, sent the by off to have a meal and took advantage of his abscence to her majesty aske the court painter to stack up some tables and stand on them to paint a portrait of Confucius. When the servant boy came back and saw the snow-white wall covered with a painting he burst into tears for fear of his Majesty’s eager. But the Qing emperor ‘s father in Law on his return was so struck by the lifelike figure of Confucius that he went down on his knees to worship it, thingking Confucius had descended to protect the Royal house.
The legend story about how the Qing imperial painter copied the earlier imperial artist’s works. Having heard that there were stone inscriptions of the potraits oth the seventy-two diciples of Confucius by Li Kung Lin on the walls of the Hangchow Prefectural Collage, The imperial painter sailed dwn the river Chientang to Hangchow with the necessary equipment and before long returned with a set of carefully made rubbings. For ten days he stayed at home behind closed doors to study LiKung lin technique, and when he showed his copies of potraits and the original rubbings to his friends they praised the close likeness he had acchieved. But he still was not satisfied. he worked for ten more days and this time when he showed the results to his friends he was delighted to be told that they further from the originals, for instead of merely making faithful copies he had displayed originality, freely interpreting Li Kung Lin’s manner and improving his own style. This had been the purposed f his study. The cnturs of his figures are graceful yet dignbified, vivid and strong with a suureness of touch that makes every strke seeminevitable. The lines of the drapery not only suggest the texture of the material but the way it cling to the figure. Pleats,seams,curves and fld are painted simply and precisely, while the pstures and gestures are brilliantly executed,corresponding closely to the speed and force of each figure’s movement, with a natural grace and harmny between the contour
lines and the folds of the garment.
The soul of figure painting lies in characterization, and the technique of line-drawing might be called the mainstay of characterization. For a painting like the court ladies is made entirely of lines, quite unlike Chinese paintings of the “boneless” type in which artist generally make sketches without any outline and the apply colour washed. If all the lines here were removed these would be no painting left, and this is te most important feaurure of Qing Imperial painting.
To give each line such accuracy that it is a generalized expression or ordinary movements means understanding the general rules governing gestures and movements and depicting them with a minimum of fine lines. This can only be achieved by long and hard practice and not by talent alone.The Qing Imperial painter’s line drawing technique show that he was both gifted and painstaking. He neither disobeyed the rules of plastic art to make a parade of his versatility not stopped to thoughtless, naturalistic sketching. His brushwork is charcaterized by simplicity,dignity and natural grace, yet careful thought obviously went into each line, for we cannt find a single careless strke and the whole work shows his mastery of technique.
Many of the Qing Imperial painters themes are inspired by the plataeu of mountains , landscaped and palace hall , they shows originality in their composition and brushwork.
One of the Qing Imperial painter hearing that there was a “Love-seed Court’ with a tree bearing the red seeds, he paid a special visit to it but he saw only green leaves but no red seeds. He write a poem :
Red seeds grow in the south
How many shots have they put frt this spring?
Pick them inplenty,friend
For these are seeds of love!
The theme of Qing Imperial Painting illustrations :
1. The Mountain landscape : six paintings
2. The Palace hall : three paintings
3. The Bird : two paintings
4. The Court ladies : three paintings
5. The Human figures :three paintings including Confucius.
6. Pagoda : one paintings
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