Chinese Art, Part B


Chinese photography made its appearance back in the 19th century.  In its early day, after spreading through all the major cities of China, photographers would capture the daily street life,  special occasions of middle class families or portraits of imporatnt figures of the time. However, later on, they started experimenting with new techniques in order to express traditional aesthetics and poetics. Some pioneers of chinese photography are Lai Afong, a photographer of the first period, Don Hong-Oia, known for his landscape painting-like photographs, Lang Jingshan, the later two being photojournalists, and various other European photographers that affected the style and the technique.,_about_1871,_from_the_album,_Foochow_and_the_River_Min.jpg

Ceramics and Pottery

Ceramics and Pottery have been an ancient form of art dating in periods BC around 1600 and since then it has been constantly developing. It is separated in different periods starting prehistorically and after being marked by the dynasty periods during which a certain style or method was followed. The use of the ceramics varied depending on the daily purpose they were made for. For example, they were used as burial wares and for drinking tea, a ritual really appreciated in Japan. The materials used were mostly clay, the chinese-mined jade, quartz and, later on, porcelain. The pots were decorated with carvings to give dimension, motifs and figurines, more often dragons or nature scenes. Characteristic are the white porcelain jars and vases that were painted with cobalt blue designs that flourished during the 14th and 15th century of Ming dynasty.