Transcending Boundaries: Chinese Women Painters from Dynastic Times to the Modern Era

The third in a series of examining works of art created by the women of China, this installation of four paintings on view in the Niblack Gallery explores relationships evidenced in these works between Guan Daosheng 管道昇(1262-1319) and Ru Wenshu 汝文淑(1573-1633),as well as Zhou Lianxia 周鍊霞(1909 –2000) and Lu Xiaoman陆小曼(1903-1965).The title for this installation was inspired by an inscription on a painting attributed to Guan Daosheng:

"To play with brush and ink is masculine sort of thing to do, yet I made this painting. Wouldn't some say that I have transgressed? How despicable; how despicable."

Zhou Lianxia (周鍊霞, Chinese, 1909-2000), Butterflies and Corn Poppies, 1955, People’s Republic of China (1949 –present)

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