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Post #844 • August 3, 2006, 9:24 PM • 1 Comment


I am drawn to Asian art because of its universal aspect, which Western art doesn't have. Unfortunately, few painters are interested in Chinese paitning these days. I am also fascinated by its economy. As for ancient Japanese painting, it's strange how much it resembles the Siena School.

The painting below is not Japanese, but I thought of the above quote when I saw this:

Artist Unknown, Blossoming Peony, Chinese; Southern Song period, 12th-13th century. Album leaf; ink and colors on silk, 26 x 25.3 cm. Courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer, 1957. Photo: Photographic Services © President and Fellows of Harvard College.




August 8, 2006, 10:29 AM

It IS timeless, and beautifully fragile.


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