Ju Chao Chinese

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Not on view

Ju Chao's inscription on this decorative fan says the bird is done in the style of the Yangzhou Eccentric Luo Ping (1773–99). Behind Luo Ping 's and Ju Chao's pictures is the idealized realism of the 12th century Song Academy painters. By the 19th century however, nature is no longer a mystery touched through painting; like Ju Chao's bird, it is a very material reality made a painter's plaything.

Bird, Ju Chao (Chinese, ca. 1823–1889), Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on gold-flecked  paper, China

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