【Lectures】Epigraphy Taste and the New Standard of Chinese Modern Art2015-06-04
Lecture subject: Epigraphy Taste and the New Standard of Chinese Modern Art——Talk About the Relationship of Qi Baishi’s Works and Seal Cutting, Calligraphy and Painting.
Speaker: Hong Zaixin
Lecture time: 9:30—11:30, June 11, 2015
Lecture venue: Lecture hall on the fifth floor of Art Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy
Introduction of the lecture:
From the end of 19th century, the pursuing of the new art standard of eastern and western artists has both differences and similarities. The happen and development of Chinese modern art provide new perspective of the world rising trend of modern art. The epigraphy boom from Dao Guang and Xian Feng time of Qing dynasty, and the European art breakthrough at the same time are both typical representatives. Chinese art world even the whole world of intelligentsia opened the hitherto unknown epigraphy calligraphy and painting fashion during the “pre-art” period (before the European "art" concept which interpreted by Japanese was introduced to China around 1895). It is based on civilian science, not only foster and enhance the epigraphy, but also greatly enriched the characteristics and connotation of Chinese traditional calligraphy and painting art performance through ancient and modern art artifacts of different material medias (including the boutiques made by folk craftsman). As same as the official school, the cross media epigraphy taste penetrates into all aspects of Chinese social life after the Opium War, profoundly changing the era characteristics of traditional visual culture. Qi Baishi was in the historical context of the pursuing of new standard of Chinese Modern Art, and faced the same challenges and opportunities as the artisans, calligraphers, painters, and seal carvers in the same time. Qi Baishi made a sensible choice, based on the standpoint of the civilian science, made the “reform in elderly age” as Huang Binhong, and became one of the historical identities of the world's modern art in twentieth century.