From China, news of a "new" painting method that, in fact, dates back more than a thousand years.
From China, news of a "new" painting method that, in fact, dates back more than a thousand years. The Chinese, formerly masters of the art of wood-block printing, have revived the art and it is flourishing in Peking.
SYNOPSIS: This is Jung Pao Chi studio in the capital where the techniques of carving woodblocks, dating back to the Ming and Ching dynasties, are still practised.
Chang Yen-chou has spent forty years of his life carefully chiselling designs into blocks of hard wood that come from a special type of pear tree.
In the printing shop the rice-paper, ink and water colours for the prints are chosen to exactly match the originals. In many cases, traditional mineral colours are still used instead of modern chemical colours. The artist prints the wood-block, sprays it and then folds paper over it to produce his copy.
The President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Wu Tso-jen produced this design call, "Goldfish".
This artist is copying an original painting called "Dragonfly and Lotus Flowers", by Chi Pai-shih. Reproduction of the originals is precise. Eighteen wood carvings were needed before the "Dragonfly and Lotus Flowers" could be reproduced. For some pictures, forty or fifty carved wood blocks are needed to produce the exact colours and shades of the original.
This is a reproduction of a famous scroll printed more than one thousand years ago. It is entitled "A Late Hour Feast in the Night". Central Television in Peking describes it as a realistic portrayal of the extravagant life of high officials. It took eight years to reproduce just thirty-five copies of this masterpiece.