A booming town along Grand Canal in focus at painting exhibition

By Lin Qi | chinadaily.com.cn
Updated: July 20, 2021
A landscape by Qing Dynasty artist Hua Yan. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The Take the New Standard exhibition, at the He Xiangning Art Museum through Oct 10, reflects the rise and fall of fine arts in Yangzhou, a prosperous town in Jiangsu province, for over three centuries since the beginning of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

It shows 80 classical Chinese paintings by preeminent artists from Yangzhou, including the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhouan art group active in the 18th century whose innovative style was later adopted by modern Chinese artists.

Yangzhou benefited from the booming businesses along the Grand Canal, especially salt trade. It attracted not only merchants from across the country but also intellectuals and painters who created brilliant culture and art there.

A landscape by Qing Dynasty artist Shi Tao. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Buddhist Figure by Qing Dynasty artist Luo Pin. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Flowers by Qing Dynasty painter Bian Shoumin. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Fragrance by Qing Dynasty painter Wang Shishen. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Gao Shiqi on Horse by Qing Dynasty painter Yu Zhiding. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Pine and Rock by Qing Dynasty artist Zheng Xie. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Plums by Qing Dynasty painter Gao Fenghan. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Walking Horse by Qing Dynasty painter Jin Nong. [Photo provided to China Daily]