Comparing Classical Chinese and European painting

  • KEE Private Members Club Hong Kong 6/F, 32 Wellington Street Central Hong Kong

Asia Week Hong Kong and Ink Society presents

"Comparing Classical Chinese and European painting"

by Ling Zhu, specialist at Lyon & Turnbull 

Both Chinese and Western painting strive to create a dynamic surface and both have achieved this by developing a highly advanced use of the line. However, the Chinese and the European approaches to the line differ fundamentally from each other. By comparing the two, it helps us to understand both traditions better. We know what to look for when we look at a Chinese or European painting, and we start to realise to what great extent the development of an artistic technique is driven and dictated by the aesthetic ideal of the people. 

Why do the classical Chinese painters paint so much bamboo, and why are classical European artists so obsessed with the naked human body? Why does the Chinese artist complete his painting within five minutes, as if not wanting to put any effort into it, and why does the European artist breaks his line into so many small sections, as if he could not draw a long line? These are questions that will find an answer in the talk.

About the speaker

Ling Zhu specialises in Classical, Modern and Contemporary Chinese painting and calligraphy. 

Ling graduated from the Free University of Berlin with a MA in History of Art. In her PhD thesis, which she recently completed at the University of the Arts Berlin, she has explored the dynamics of the line and compared their differences in the Classical Chinese and European traditions of painting. 

Before joining Lyon & Turnbull, Ling worked in an internationally operating auction house based in Berlin, Germany. Ling is a regular contributor towards China’s leading art magazine Art and Design and has presented talks on art and aesthetics at different European universities. Ling is a fluent speaker of English, German and Chinese.

About Lyon & Turnbull

Established in 1826, Lyon & Turnbull are one of the longest established fine art and antiques auction houses in the United Kingdom. The auction house operates internationally, providing valuation and auction services worldwide while ensuring that their clients; works of art and antiques are seen, desired, and purchased by the world’s largest art markets in Europe, America, and Asia.

About Ink Society

Established in 1826, Lyon & Turnbull are one of the longest established fine art and antiques auction houses in the United Kingdom. The auction house operates internationally, providing valuation and auction services worldwide while ensuring that their clients; works of art and antiques are seen, desired, and purchased by the world’s largest art markets in Europe, America, and Asia.

The Ink Society Limited was founded by a group of Chinese ink art enthusiasts in 2003 in Hong Kong as a non-profit-making organisation with charitable status under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112).

The mission of The Ink Society is to foster a broader understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art that is based on or inspired by the ink tradition through an extensive range of programming, education and outreach activities.

The Ink Society has been a strong and persistent advocate for the establishment of an Ink Art Centre in Hong Kong. Ink art is a unique and important aspect of Chinese culture, one that continues to evolve and adapt in modern times. Ink art is more than just an art form; ink art is a tradition, a culture and a way of life. The Ink Art Centre is an original and differentiating concept, and we believe that a world class Ink Art Centre will be a focal point for the local community as well as a destination for visitors from all over the world.

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