Palace Ladies Bathing Children

Unidentified artist
After Zhou Fang Chinese

Not on view

Depictions of the daily life of court ladies became a special genre of painting under the influence of the eighth-century painter Zhou Fang and his tenth-century follower Zhou Wenju. Painting in a richly detailed manner in which even the fabric patterns are meticulously described, these two artists had an important influence on the figure style practiced by the Song Painting Academy. This painting closely follows Tang dynasty (618–907) prototypes: the tight group of figures arrayed in an oval and set against a blank background is a typical Tang style composition; the hesitant brushwork, however, suggests that it is a later copy, probably done in the Northern Song period.

Palace Ladies Bathing Children, Unidentified artist, Handscroll; ink and color on silk, China

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