“The Beauty of Lijiang River” Landscape of Guilin Exhibition
Date日期 : 03. 07. 2012 – 04. 08. 2012
It is well-known that ‘Guilin is the most scenic place under heaven, and Yangshuo’s scenery is the best in Guilin’. The beauty of Guilin and Yangshuo lies in the Lijiang River. The Lijiang River section that winds between Guilin and Yangshuo measures over 80 km. The landscape is decorated with connecting hills, startling cliffs, and silky clear water with impeccable reflections. The charm of the Lijiang River sustains regardless of time and season. The best is when the area is veiled by rain and mist, it becomes a master piece of ink and brush painting. The beauty of the Lijiang River also lies in its activities – osprey fishing, ducks and geese swimming, cattle grazing, farmers planting, add a touch of humanities to the picturesque scenery.
Affectionate landscape naturally breeds a group of excellent local artists and hence the establishment of the ‘Lijiang River School of Paintings’. Being inspired by the beautiful landscape and love of their home town, the artists of the Lijiang River School express the charming landscape of Guilin in unique techniques and styles. Traditional Chinese painting is the mainstay of the Lijiang River School of Paintings. Yet the artists sketch the actual scenery with artistic conception instead of pure ideology. The outcome is a typical southern pastoral style with a realistic, gentle and cultivated touch.
We choose 6 Guilin landscape painters’ works in this exhibition; they are He Shanling, Shen Lingxiang, Liao Linsen, Su Fei, Wu Zhaoli and Zhang Quanzhong. Painting the Lijiang River is an artist’s dream. Each artist use their brushes to express their feeling, their love and their passion for the scenery and life of Guilin.