|Finches and Bamboo, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)
Emperor Huizong (1082–1135, r. 1101–1125) Chinese
Handscroll; ink and color on silk; 11 x 18 in. (27.9 x 45.7 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
John M. Crawford, Jr. Collection, Purchase, Douglas Dillon Gift, 1981
About the Art
“Finches and Bamboo illustrates the suprarealistic style of flower-and-bird painting preferred by Huizong’s Painting Academy. In such works, the artist displayed his intimate knowledge of the appearance and growth of plants and his ability to render accurately the movements of birds as they hop about or stand poised ready for flight. Whether making a study from nature or illustrating a line of poetry, however, capturing the spirit of the subject was valued above mere literal representation. Here, the minutely observed finches are imbued with the alertness and sprightly vitality of their living counterparts. Drops of lacquer added to the birds’ eyes impart a final lifelike touch.”
About the Artist
Emperor Huizong (November 2, 1082 – June 4, 1135) was the eighth and one of the most famous emperors of the Song Dynasty of China, with a personal life spent amidst luxury, sophistication and art but ending in tragedy. Born Zhao Ji, he was the 11th son of Emperor Shenzong. In February 1100 his older half-brother Emperor Zhezong (哲宗) died without a surviving son, and Huizong succeeded him the next day as emperor. He reigned from 1100 to 1126. Huizong was famed for his promotion of Taoism. He was also a skilled poet, painter, calligrapher, and musician. He sponsored numerous artists at his court, and the catalogue of his imperial painting collection lists over 6,000 known paintings.
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MandyApril 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Will there be a color palette like last month? Love this painting, thank you!
Tari of ClayButtons.comApril 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm
I am going to try and make one tonight. I have had computer problems for the past few days. Photoshop is finally working again (I won!).
Let's just say I was happy to get the post up today 🙂
Kristi BowmanApril 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm
What a beautiful and soft piece, I look forward to seeing all the lovely creations it inspires.
LesleyApril 5, 2011 at 12:28 am
What a lovely contrast to last month…looking forward to this :0)
E B SnareApril 5, 2011 at 7:02 am
Wonderful inspiration, very excited!
Andrew ThorntonApril 5, 2011 at 9:42 am
What an inspiring prompt! I'm definitely going to have to get in on this one!
roseworksjewelryApril 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm
Ooo – interesting! let's see what I can do…
cindydolezaldesignsApril 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Here's my blog link http://cindydolezaldesigns.blogspot.com/2011/04/april-art-bead-scene-blog-challenge.html
m.e.April 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm
I am in LOVE with this unexpected color combo!
As soon as I saw the painting I had an inspiration! But, how to transform the idea into a piece of jewelry???? I blogged about it this week 4/9 m.e.:)
rosebud101April 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm
This is the link to my blog. I just posted.
GrubbiApril 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Entered and blogged about here
peacockfairyApril 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm
Entered and blogged about it here
JackieApril 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm
Love the painting! I hope you like what I made. Here are my blog posts:
Mackin-ArtApril 18, 2011 at 12:54 am
I blogged about my entry at:
E B SnareApril 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm
Hello! Here's my blog post for my entry:
stacilouiseApril 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm
I had so much fun with this one! Here is my link, please include me in the hop. Thanks!
IslandgirlApril 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm
Here's my blog link http://islandgirlsinsights.blogspot.com/2011/04/abs-march-challenge-finches-and-bamboo.html
KateApril 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Here is my post for this month:
beccaApril 29, 2011 at 8:04 am
Here is my post for this month! First timer. =)
MiddleEarthsJewelsApril 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm
April's challenge was a delight! And the entries wonderful..I know I am past the deadline for the blog tour..just want to say how much I enjoyed 'Finches and Bamboo'.
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