The Sixth Stop: 80 Days of Walking in Shanghai – Painting and Calligraphy in Fans
In the process of the creation of classical Chinese calligraphy and painting, apart from the use of regular Xuan paper as writing material, the fan surface is also preferred by many calligraphers and painters, and the fan surface is a folding fan and a circular fan. The folding fan is written without the fan bone and should be spread out into a semi-regular shape to be smooth enough for the calligraphy brush. The appearance of folding fans can be traced back to the Northern and Southern Dynasties, and later became popular in the Song Dynasty through the artistic creations of literati artists. The circular fan is usually round or polygonal symmetrical pattern made of silk satin with a handle, which can be used to draw inscriptions directly. It is most commonly found in the Tang and Song Dynasty frescoes where the maiden is held in her hand, to express the subtle and dignified beauty of the woman, the ancient women usually used fans to cover their faces, so it is also known as the “blocked face". The content on the fan surface covers a wide range of subjects, including flowers, birds, insects and fish, landscape maidens, stories, and poems, making it an independent species of Chinese painting and calligraphy.
This Fan Art Exhibition at the Museum of Public Art two young artists, He Ting and Xiao Han, combines humorous innovation with ancient vernacular techniques to present contemporary fan art.
The Shanghai Public Art Museum is constantly updated with new fine art exhibitions and is free of charge, except on closed days when you can go directly without reservation. Also, my YouTube video shows you how to make a simple fan using the simplest of materials for reference.
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