Harmony in Diversity

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Till the 21st the National Art Museum has an exhibit of modern, yet traditional ink paintings by Four Professors Dai Shunzhi, Fan Yang, Han Jingwei and Yuan Wusi. The exhibit’s called Harmony in Diversity.

The exhibit is free if you bring a passport or government i.d. No entry after 4 pm.

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One Word Challenge: Blue

Imperial Robes

Imperial Robes

Jennifer Nichols Wells runs terrific photo challenges. This week’s is “blue.” Thus I offer a majestic robe from ancient China. Such embroidery!

You can see more lavish blues here.

It feels good to be blogging again. I’d had some trouble with annoying pop-up ads on Chrome or Firefox. Knock on wood, the internet has been tamed for now and I’ll be back in business.

A Look Back at 2013

A pretty good year, all told?

Best wishes for 2014, the Year of the Horse.


lines at museum

For a unit on art, I asked my students to visit a museum. Since whenever I’ve gone to the Shandong Provincial Museum, I’ve been able to saunter right in, I was astonished when a student sent me this photo. Today’s the last day to see European paintings and a self-portrait by da Vinci.


Saw another excellent exhibit of porcelain at the Shandong Provincial Museum.

Impressionism and Fashion

Yesterday I went to the Art Institute of Chicago‘s exhibit “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity.”

C’est magnifique!

By pairing the fashion of the day with French paintings by Impressionists and others from the late 19th century. So in addition to an exquisite collection of paintings by Tissot, Monet, Manet, Renoir, and lesser known Impressionists with the dresses, suits and accessories, the curators illuminate the influence of fashion on art. So many of the dresses, hats, shoes and purses were as exquisite as the paintings.



The quotations and information posted throughout the exhibit were enlightening and I liked how one gallery displaying works set outside was decorated with artificial grass and park benches. A recording of chirping birds added to the park feel.



The exhibit included many fashion plates, illustrations of outfits in 19th century magazines. I’d never known that fashion plate had this etymology. I usually like to take photos in a museum, but due to restrictions from the museums that loaned works, photography was prohibited. Still I highly recommend this exhibit if you’re anywhere near Chicago in the next six weeks.

By Tissot

By Tissot

I hadn’t known Tissot’s work and I liked it the most. His work isn’t impressionistic as it’s very realistic compared with Manet, Monet, et al.

Another innovation with this exhibit is the creation of a character named Jean-Paul, a time traveler from the late 19th century. Jean-Paul and his penny farthing popped up around the city, tweeted and tumbled in social media to create a buzz about the summer’s exhibit.


Renoir – my favorite Impressionist in this

Modern Chinese Art




Modern Art


I returned to the Shandong Provincial to see their two new exhibits. Today I’m sharing some modern art by Liu Guo-Sung. He started with traditional Chinese painting and then got interested in oil painting in the West. Now he’s synthesized the two media and methods. Pretty cool stuff.

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Flora in Winter


Flora in Winter, Worcester Art Museum

Worcester Art Museum is offering a terrific event this February. Flora in Winter is a program for which for chosen pieces a florist designs an arrangement inspired by the painting, sculpture or other piece.

The added flowers uplift museum goers who’re no doubt tired of the gray cold of New England or elsewhere.


Worcester Art Museum has a wonderful collection with pieces from all over the world and from ancient to modern times.

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