Ladies Playing Double-Sixes, By Zhou Fang, the Chinese Painter Eigth Century AD.
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THE CHINESE ART: The art of painting in
Perhaps developed as a ‘sister art’ or a ‘parallel art’ of ‘calligraphy, the painting was an activity of leisure among the Chinese aristocrats and scholar-officials of the time. Unlike the use of colours for paintings, the First batch of the paintings available was painted with ink on silk. But with invent of paper, and as the use of paper became routine, the Chinese painters made the cheap material of paper their base for the paintings. They would paint on paper and then mount it on a scroll to be hanged on walls or courts, monasteries and the houses of wealthy people.
The above painting is from Zhou Fang. He was one of the two most famous figure painters of the Tang dynasty of china that ruled in china from 618 to 907 AD. The painting is executed with a fine line and soft and glowing colours used in Chinese tradition. The painter Zhou Fang's paintings of Buddha, celestial beings, figures, and paintings of beautiful women were painted in a beautiful manner.