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ART OF THE QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)

Introduction

Welcome to Art of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). While the website's goal is to become a comprehensive guide to Qing Art, it currently only hosts a small collection of paintings created by artists of the mid-Qing period with a focus on two schools: the Orthodox School and the Yangzhou Eccentrics. Their styles range from literati to individualistic, and subject matters include birds and flowers, figures and landscapes.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, highly placed scholar officials and painters at the Manchu court in Beijing espoused the creative theories of Dong Qichang (1555 - 1636) and established a conservative mode of painting that would dominate Chinese criticism and artistic practice for centuries. However, in China's leading commercial centre, the southern city of Yangzhou, amateur and professional masters operated in a dramatically different environment, responding to novel social and economic developments with innovations what would challenge the strictures of orthodox painting and, in the modern era, contribute to its demise.

Interactive Feature

We would like to invite everyone to select a favourite work and write your analysis of the work. All the information will be collected to create a user generated exhibition page on this website.

Before you begin, you can visit the exhibition page to view all other submissions.