Exploring Canton's Golden Years through Its Own Version of "Along the River During the Qingming Festival"
2015-May-28 Source: Lifeofguangzhou.com
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An exhibition of Guangzhou's export pith paintings, which reveal the city lifestyle of Canton during the 19th Century, kicked off in The Guangzhou Museum on May 18, and will run until August 18.

Pith painting refers to watercolor and gouache painting on rice paper made from the pith of the Tetrapanax papyriferum plant in Guangzhou in the 19th century. Pith paintings were created exclusively for the export market.

More than 50 pith paintings will be on display during this exhibition. "Living in Guangzhou" and "Celebrating the Festival" are main themes of this exhibition. Boat-themed pith paintings reflect the fact that sail boats were the main means of transportation during that time. Some pith paintings portray natives’ celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival.

Through the depiction of colorfully costumed natives and their activities, pith painting serves as a vivid portrayal of Guangzhou's society in the 19th century. It also offers a glimpse of regional culture and history. The works compose Guangzhou’s own version of "Along the River During the Qingming Festival" and offer visitors an opportunity to review Canton’s golden years.

 

Editor: Monica Liu
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