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A Comparison Between Chinese and Western Art

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Jul 6, 2016

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” - paintings are expressions of thoughts and emotions.

Regardless of its origin, certain things are appealing and worth savouring. For instance, artworks are a form of expression of the intricate human mind.

At OGP, you have the opportunity to explore contemporary artworks of various styles and from different geographical regions, extraordinary ceramics from the Qing Dynasty, gold vessels from the Tang Dynasty, unparalleled sculpting techniques...which all convey a rich history, reflection, or an extinct resource.

At OGP, we are honoured to be affiliated with many amazing personnels, including numerous renowned artists from China, the successors of traditional artisan techniques, the curators of private museums, the art collectors, and many more.

After the amazement at the creative works, we try to understand the artists’ inspirations and insights.

Or instance, the expression on paintings between the east and the west vary greatly due to historical cultural differences. Traditional Chinese paintings focus on the use of ink and the contrast between the dark and the light. Among the spectrum from white to black, five “colours” and six “shades” are distinguished. On the contrary, art from the west often display a combination of bright colours and geometric forms.

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” - paintings are expressions of thoughts and emotions. The traditional Zen of China emphasizes the unison of the person and the surrounding - this is reflected in Chinese painting, which accentuate serenity, modesty, and the natural state of things. The famous “Qing Ming Shang He Tu (Along the River during the Qingming Festival)” painting by ZHANG Zeduan, which now rests at the Palace Museum in Beijing, is one example. The traditional point distribution technique was used in this painting, which gives the painting its sense of movement. The painting reflects the lively spirit of Bianliang City, the capital of Northern Song Dynasty. Centered around the Bian River, the painting illustrated the spectacular scene from the distant suburban areas to within the city, from the people standing on top of the bridge to the boats below, and from the nearby buildings and trees to those faraway streets and canals. Nevertheless, regardless of your position of viewing, all objects in the painting are relatively close. “Qing Ming Shang He Tu” was named the “Mona Lisa of China”. Moving forward, during the heyday of the Qing Dynasty, the Catholic evangelist from Italy and the Chinese court painter LANG Shining together, introduced a different type of Western art technique.

Similarly, impressionism was the point of change where the focus shifted from the objective and strict expressions of realism. “Sunrise” by Claude Monet, which now hangs at the Marmottan Museum in Paris, is one that illustrated the harbour of early morning through misty grey tones and relaxed brushstrokes. The painting is seemingly messy yet ethereal, as can be seen through the synthesis of the skyline into the background, and the foggy water and sky.

Eastern and Western art are different, yet the same. Nowadays, the traditional painting techniques of the East are blended with elements from the West, and vice versa. When collecting artworks, the diversity artworks often provide diverse ways of thinking, expanding beyond the limitation of a specific style or area. We believe a true collector is visionary and tolerant of diversity.

"Egret" and "Peony" by Xu Guoha, "Winter - Cold Mountains and Silence Forest" by Xiao Changlin, "Piazza St Marco" by Ursula Kofahl-Lampron, "Flower of Love" by Irini Karpikioti

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