September 02, 2009

China & Tibet in happier times

chinese and tibetan art

China and Tibet have a very long history together (take a look here) but it hasn't always been so inharmonious. For instance, the artistic synergy between the two peoples has been impressive, and a new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art proves it:

As each tradition interacted with the other, Chinese painters took from their Tibetan counterparts a fearlessness in use of color and composition, pushing at the boundaries of their more reserved styles," Scheier-Dolberg said. "Tibetan painters for their part, adopted flower, bird and landscape elements from Chinese art into their own compositions, infusing their fantastic visions with a sense of naturalism.

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david's picture

Personally, i haven't seen many Tibetan Thankas with flowers and birds ..as you say ... taken from Chinese style.
Recently, we see that with more vivid landscape, but seems to be from western artists...