Painters at the Chinese Court - Discovery Gallimard Special Edition
Kangxi (1662-1722), Yongzheng (1723-1735) and Qianlong (1736-1795) - three great rulers of the Qing Dynasty, of Manchu origin - commissioned exceptional silk-scrolls.
These works, which measure up to 16 meters in length and read from right to left, celebrate significant events of their reign: inspection visits to the provinces of southern China, celebrations of great rituals, scenes of imperial hunts.
Rarely reproduced in their entirety, these scrolls marvelously show the specificities of the great Chinese pictorial tradition, notably through the treatment of spaces, with a perspective so different from the European tradition...
Confronted with Chinese porcelain of the time, which precisely unfolds their scenes in "scrolls" or "strips" or even album leaves of literate painters, they also show how much the landscape painters knew how to transcend the form of the support, whatever it is, to maintain this spatial dynamic properly Chinese: open to a succession of valleys, climb to the peaks or engage in the depths of a mountain range...
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