Look beyond what you see Created by Emma Orth

The color wheel splits areas of this gallery up. Colors influence differently on people, due to color blindness or genuinely because that is the color their brain registers with. Although, color has such a deeper meaning and message than what you see and it displays this through various pieces of art. In this Chinese Cultural gallery, I want to embrace the individual perspective, meaning, and value of color.  

The two colors of this painting that are used are Brown and Red. In Chinese cultural these two symbolize industrious, grounded and expansive, blooming, dynamic, enthusiastic, reaching upwards, good luck, celebration. Li Keran created this painting on paper in 1989. He created this piece when China was going through their transition period and wanted to combine traditional Chinese art with the elements of western style art. He did this by adding rich colors, shadows and light. The name of this painting is a verse taken from Qin Yuan Chun-Changsha by Mao. Keran was influenced by this poem to create this painting because the poem itself was created when a revolution, led by Mao, entered an age of hasty development just like how China at that time was changing.
The focal point color of painting is pink, which in Chinese cultural embodies love and romance. In 1918, Wu Changshuo created this beautiful ink and colors on paper piece. He was well known for blending calligraphy into his paintings, which drove the literati painting tradition of "infusing calligraphy to painting" to popularity. In most Chinese painting flowers, fruits, animals, trees, and vegetables are often bestowed with emblematic meanings. In this painting, the peaches symbolize longevity and health.
The core color of this Jifu is orange, which in Chinese cultural indicates indicating change, adaptability and spontaneity. The creator of this handmade Jifu is unknown, but was made in 1800 China. Jifu is also known as a semi formal, imperial dragon robe. It’s made with silk gauze with side fastening of cast metal ball buttons and silk cord loops, long tapered sleeves with horse hoof shaped cuffs, skirt split at the center front and back to kneel for praying and praising, Taking a look color to the details of this robe, you can see dragons with flaming discs, waves, mountains, and clouds.
The main entity in this piece is White, which in Chinese cultural symbolizes pureness, confidence, and mourning. Chao Shao-an created this masterpiece, called the “White Peacock”, in 1969. Today, it can be seen at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. As in most paintings during this period, animals are symbolized with a deeper meaning. The white peacock perched on the tree branch, emblemized watchfulness, love, good will and kind-heartedness. The styles of this painting are two different types of cultures they are Japanese and Chinese; it’s Japanese color accents created by beautiful Chinese brushwork.
The color of this vase is yellow, which in Chinese cultural symbolizes nourishment, good faith, reliability, and warmth. This eye catching glass vase was created during the Qing dynasty, 1736-1796. An interesting fact about this vase is that it is a conundrum of the Chinese saying, "adding flowers to brocade", meaning "a crowning touch". Taking a close look at the details, you can see twelve chi-dragons all across the vase in a specific pattern, along with a floral pattern of peonies, hibiscus, peach blossoms and pomegranate flowers. You can tell that this piece was created with great care and brilliant craftsmanship.
Two colors in this piece that protrude are Gold and Green. Gold signifies completeness and wealth while green means striving, growing, and harmony. This pair of six-fold screens painting is called Musashino-武蔵野図屏風 the artist is unknown. Across the bottom of the painting are autumn grasses and flowers against the Mountain of Fuji and a full moon, which is hiding in the background and the sky is a rich golden color. This painting was created in the Edo Period, 17th century and influenced a number of paintings that are similar to this style of bush clover and Chinese bellflowers.
Bue, in Chinese cultural, implies relaxation, exploration, calmness and healing. Chi Qun, who is a well-known artist who has graduated from Mural Painting Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in 2010, created this oil on canvas piece in 2015. The style of this artwork is Chinese contemporary. The colors of painting go with the title of it, Blue and Purple 藍紫, which means Violet, and the texture of this painting, looks like string creating an illusion.
The color that sticks out in this piece is Silver/Gray, which in Chinese cultural signifies income, wealth, and trustworthiness. Xu Beihong created this color on paper artwork called Jiu Fang Gao in 1931. He was famous for creating traditional Chinese styles and blending it with real life and expression of subjective feelings. This painting is based on a story of Jiu examining a horse. The details on this painting are traditional lines and colors, the ink brush highlights the shape and shade of the objects, which is a helpful attempt for the fusion of Chinese and western styles of art.
The color Purple in Chinese cultural symbolizes spiritual awareness, physical and mental health, and strength, which are all characteristics of the horse. Yuan Xibun created this oil painting in 1999 and is apart of the category of Oriental oil painting. In most Chinese paintings, they blend calligraphy and art.
The main color that sticks out in this painting is Black. Which in Chinese cultural means power, emotional protection, flow and conserving. Huang Gongwang, created this black and white scroll piece in 1351 during the Yuan Dynasty. It’s called the “The Scenery of Fuchun River crosses Our Hometown Tonglu Count”. The painting portrays Fuchun River scenery in Zhejiang region. The scroll is six meters. Gongwang was well-known for carrying ink and brush outside to paint the natural scenery and it was believed he was influenced to created this painting because of his daily observation of the river.
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