Composition in Celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival

Wu Changshi (1844-1927)

Wu Changshi (1844-1927) - Composition in Celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival
Wu Changshi was one of the most prominent artists of the so called Shanghai School of painting and his works became a direct inspiration for a number of modern Chinese painters. Characteristic of his work is bold brushwork derived from archaic styles of calligraphy and a daring use of color. These were later continued e.g. in the work of the Beijing-based artist Qi Baishi (1864-1957). This small composition celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. The inscription calls attention to the seemingly simple motives of a wine pot, freshly picked loquats or garlic, which all have a special function during the festive activities.
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measurements: height 88 cm
width 46 cm
material: paper
technique: painted in ink and colors
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inventory number: Vm 5660
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art
licence: Creative Commons License public domain