CHINESE INK PAINTING & CALLIGRAPHY

Chinese ink painting is one of the oldest art traditions still practiced today. The artist uses a brush dipped in ink and then applied to rice paper, called xuan zhi, or silk. Common topics of ink painting include landscapes, flowers, and animals. One important form of ink painting is Chinese calligraphy, which can be traced back to 4000 B.C. From the Shang Dynasty in the 18th Century B.C. to today, various calligraphy styles have been developed. The collection at IAMA includes landscapes by Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), paintings of flora by Yun Shouping (1633-1690), calligraphy by Emperior Yongzheng(1678-1735), and more.