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Spring Festival in the Eyes of Chinese Painters

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A Chinese painting by Zhou Bo, depicting a cute baby and firecrackers during the Spring Festival. [Photo/english.cguardian.com]

 

  When Chinese people celebrate the Spring Festival with decorations, annual reunion   dinners or fireworks, Chinese painters take up their brushes to record such scenes. Scenes of Spring Festival are always popular themes of Chinese painting, especially of children during the holiday. Let's have a look at some Spring Festival paintings by Chinese artists, featuring traditional motifs of the Chinese New Year.

  

Spring Festival in the eyes of Chinese painters

 

A Chinese painting by Ye Jiabin. [Photo/artron.net]

 

  Ye Jiabin, born in 1949, is a famous character painter from Guangdong province. Ye's work features vivid faces and poses of characters, with strong personal style. He has published more than 50 comic books and illustrations. Scenes from the Spring Festival are one of Ye's favorite themes.

  

Spring Festival in the eyes of Chinese painters

 

A painting by Feng Zikai. [Photo/artron.net]

 

  Feng Zikai (1898-1975) was a famous Chinese master painter and cartoonist. Among Feng's numerous creations, his most famous work was considered children's pictures. Paintings by Feng Zikai are simple but warm. The picture above shows happy people under Spring Festival fireworks.

  

Spring Festival in the eyes of Chinese painters

 

A Chinese painting by Huang Yongyu. [Photo/artron.net]

 

  Huang Yongyu, A multi-talented master painter born in 1924, is known for his woodblock prints, ink paintings and literary works. His painting is a mixture of practiced skill and naive heart, creating an interesting style. The painting above depicted a famous poem of "the Spring Festival comes closer after the plum blossom".

  

Spring Festival in the eyes of Chinese painters

 

A Chinese painting by Xu Lele. [Photo/artron.net]

 

  The painter Xu Lele is specialized in gongbi ( an intricate realist technique in Chinese painting). Her works were displayed at many exhibitions and received many awards from China and abroad. As one of the most popular female gongbi painters, Xu's style is interesting but full of a sense of beauty. The painting above depicts a scene of five ancient Chinese children celebrating the new year's arrival.

  

Spring Festival in the eyes of Chinese painters

 

An oil painting by Jiang Guofang. [Photo/artron.net]

 

  Jiang Guofang is a famous contemporary oil painter from Jiangxi province. His works are popular at some auctions in China. In 2011, Jiang and his Forbidden City series of paintings caused a stir in Athens. The painting above shows a little emperor on Chinese New Year's Eve.

  

Spring Festival in the eyes of Chinese painters

 

A painting by Xu Cao. [Photo/artron.net]

 

  Xu Cao (1899—1961) was a famous character painter born during the Qing Dynasty. He was a skilled painter and specialized in portraits of ladies from ancient times, gongbi style, xieyi style (sketching thoughts), and line drawing (simple and straightforward style). The painting above depicts the dragon-lion dance during the Spring Festival's celebration.

  

Spring Festival in the eyes of Chinese painters

 

A Chinese painting by Jiang Zhaohe. [Photo/artron.net]

 

  Jiang Zhaohe, who is a renowned painter in China, was a prominent pioneer in combining Chinese figure painting with Western art techniques. He was also known for his heart of compassion for suffering people in society. The picture above depicts a little boy playing with firecrackers during the Spring Festival.

  

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A painting by Hu Yanqiu. [Photo/artron.net]

 

  Hu Yanqiu, born in 1962, draws inspiration from the Dunhuang mural paintings. Her work features bright color contrast and downward-looking composition, showing the unique atmosphere of the Chinese countryside. The Spring Festival is a popular theme of her works at some auctions. The painting above was created in 1995, depicting a scene of new year celebration in the Chinese countryside.

  

Spring Festival in the eyes of Chinese painters

 

A Chinese painting by Huang Shanshou. [Photo/artron]

 

  The Qing Dynasty artist Huang Shanshou (1855-1919) is a popular painter at auctions in China. He devoted all his life to creating art, leaving several Chinese painting masterpieces. His work is gorgeous but elegant. The picture above shows five children playing with firecrackers during the Chinese New Year.

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