Willows in the Spring Breeze

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Spring View, 62x108.5cm, Emperor Guangxu’s reign in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), acquired by National Art Museum of China.

Willows in the Spring Breeze —Exhibition of Selected Yangliuqing New Year Pictures Acquired by National Art Museum of China

New Year pictures have always been part of traditional Chinese folk art for China’s most important holiday, Spring Festival, which is celebrated on the New Year on the lunar calendar. People from Yangliuqing produce such paintings particularly well. Yangliuqing, a township under the direct jurisdiction of Tianjin, became famous across the country during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) for printed New Year pictures featuring unique techniques combining printing and painting, exquisite engraving craftsmanship, and delicate colored drawing.
On display are over 100 boutique pieces that best present the old way of thinking and aesthetic concepts of outstanding traditional Chinese art in terms of topics, function, and craftsmanship. 

Attracting Phoenix with the Melody of Xiao (a vertical bamboo flute) (left), Riding a Dragon (right), 103.5x57.5cm, Emperor Qianlong’s reign in the Qing Dynasty, acquired by National Art Museum of China.

January 10 – March 26, 2017
National Art Museum of China, Beijing

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