Lingnan Origins

Some while back, I did a presentation at Knuston Hall about the origins of the Lingnan school of painting. I was asked recently about the artists so I thought I should post up some of the names with some of their paintings so that, should you be inspired, you can carry out further research on these artists yourself.

First of all, Lingnan literally means ‘South of the Nanling Mountains’. The Lingnan region covers the modern provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan as modern Northern Vietnam.

We start with Yun Shouping 1633 – 1690, often known as the Grandfather of Lingnan.

Sunset along floral embankment - Yun Shouping
Sunset along floral embankment – Yun Shouping
Lotus flower breaking the surface - Yun Shouping
Lotus flower breaking the surface – Yun Shouping

Next we have the ‘Two Ju’s’, starting with Ju Chao 1811 – 1865

Lychees and the sound of a cicada - Ju Chao 1847 27cm
Lychees and the sound of a cicada – Ju Chao 1847 27cm

Together with Ju Lian 1828 – 1904, his cousin, they are renowned as forerunners of the Lingnan School of painting.

Flowers - Ju Lian 1887 77x35cm
Flowers – Ju Lian 1887 77x35cm

The main founder of the Lingnan School is Gao Jianfu 1879 – 1951.

Dew on a Spider web in the early morning - Gao Jianfu 1928
Dew on a Spider web in the early morning – Gao Jianfu 1928 120x55cm

Along with Gao Jianfu is Gao Qifeng 1889 – 1933

Bird on branch - Gao Qifeng
Bird on branch – Gao Qifeng

Finally, completing the ‘Three Masters of Lingnan’ is Chen Shuren 1884 – 1948, literally making up the ‘Two Gao’s and one Chen’.

Geese in the Moon - Chen Shuren
Geese in the Moon – Chen Shuren

There are, obviously, a large Canon of Lingnan painters but I hope you enjoy exploring the founders of this School.

Please feel free to Comment back below.

Happy painting

Paul

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