February 17, 2013
Confucius Institute Lecture - Non-Portraits in the Late Northern Song
Professor of Chinese Art History
University of California, Santa Barbara
Friday, February 22, 2013
Henderson Room, Michigan League
Literati (wenren) artists of the late Northern Song period are known to have painted in almost every major genre, including landscapes, bamboo, bird-and-flower, horses, and figures, but portraiture is noticeably absent. A close contextual study of one painting in particular, The Ear Picker, wrongly attributed to the Five Dynasties Period painter Wang Qihan, will demonstrate that portraiture of a very particular nature, one that ironically can be labeled self-effacing, was not only practiced by wenren painters in Su Shi's coterie, it constitutes some of the most intriguing works of art of the eleventh century.
Posted by zzhu at February 17, 2013 04:36 PM