Ben Wang’s Special Course: A Summer of Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting in One China’s Six Literati Painting Masters of 5 Centuries

Emerging in the twilight days of Tang (618-907) as a new literary and artistic genre, China’s Literati Painting blended poetry, music, and painting, as all these three art forms had by then reached maturity in their respective merits. The genre flourished and enjoyed its golden, halcyon days from the 11th century through the dawning years of the Manchu dynasty in the 17th century and lasted well until Mid-20th century.

While appreciating a fine literati painting, the poetry and calligraphy provide visualized thoughts, the tonal sounds offer music and rhythm, and the picture itself shows humanized Nature – and thereby the acquisition of a total and rounded enjoyment on the part of an aficionado of literature, music and art.

In this new 5-session course, lives and works of six towering masters of Literati Painting of 5 centuries, from the late 12th to 18th centuries, will be introduced and studied for the very first time at China Institute this summer, starting in June. The 6 artists are Ni Zan 倪瓒(雲林) of the Yuan, Tang Yin 唐寅(六如居士)and Xu Wei 徐渭 (青藤) of the Ming,and Shi Tao 石濤 (苦瓜和尚,清湘大滌子), Wang Shishen 汪士慎 (巢林,溪東外史), and Zheng Xie 鄭燮 (板橋) of the Qing/Manchu dynasty, none of whom or whose works were introduced and taught before… Read More

Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
July 13 – August 10
5 sessions (10 hours)
$250 member / $290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Instructor: Ben Wang