A painting by an anonymous Song court painter on show. (Photo provided to China Daily)
The National Museum of China has selected 52 classic Chinese ink paintings and calligraphic pieces from its immense collection to mount a permanent display that opened on Dec 17. The exhibition allows people to witness the evolution of Chinese ink art since the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and throughout the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Highlights of the show include the elegant flower-and-bird genre of paintings by Song court painters and a lengthy horse-themed scroll painted by Ren Renfa, a senior official of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and established painter who specialized in depicting horses, as well as paintings by other masters including Wen Zhengming and Zhu Da.
Calligraphy delivers a philosophical depth and the core of Chinese cultural traditions that still enlighten people today. Featured calligraphers at the exhibition include Zhao Gou or Song Emperor Gaozong and Zhao Mengfu.
Wang Chunfa, director of National Museum of China, looks at a painting by Yuan artist Ren Renfa on show. (Photo provided to China Daily)