Chinese paintings about Mid-Autumn Festival

  
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Chinese paintings about Mid-Autumn Festival
 

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Today is Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, in China and some other Asian countries.  This is a companion article with the previous one on the Discovery Group that is a video that explains the Mid-Autumn Festival.


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Chinese paintings about Mid-Autumn Festival

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Gazing at the Mid-Autumn Moon

Artist: Shangguan Hui

A classical Chinese painting created during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) shows a huge landscape with ancient Chinese people appreciating the mid-autumn moon.

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Mid-Autumn Festival

Artist: Wen Yin

A painting depicting both of the gods and ordinary people preparing moon cakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival in ancient China.

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Mid-Autumn

Artist: Qi Baishi (1864-1957)

A painting of osmanthus.

Osmanthus appears in mid-autumn paintings frequently because ancient Chinese people believed that there was a huge verdant osmanthus tree on the moon. Under the intertwined tree branches there was a man named Wu Gang, who was wielding an ax chopping it.

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Rabbits and Sweet Osmanthus

Artist: Cui Zifan (1915-2011)

A painting of rabbits and osmanthus under the mid-autumn moon.

Since rabbits are usually related to the Chinese classic legend Chang'e flying to the moon, many paintings about the Mid-Autumn Festival use rabbits to heighten the mid-autumn atmosphere.

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Rose Under the Moonlight

Artist: Yang Shanshen (1913-2004)

A painting of roses under the moonlight.

The painting was sold for 1,012,000 HKD at the China Guardian Hong Kong 2014 Spring Auctions.

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Autumn Buckingham Palace Overglaze Decorated Plaque

Artist: Zhong Liansheng (b.1944-)

An overglazed decorated plaque depicting a palace of the Han Dynasty (206BC-AD220) under the autumn moon.

This plaque was sold for 12,420,000 yuan at the China Guardian 2012 Spring Auctions.

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Character

Artist: Yu Shui (b.1955)

A painting depicting people appreciating the moon together at the Mid-Autumn Festival in ancient China.

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Mid-Autumn Festival with Seven Character Couplet

Artist: Tang Yun

A painting of rabbits and osmanthus under the mid-autumn moon with a seven character couplet.

The seven character couplet comes from a classical Chinese poem  The Taste of Tea  written by Lu You, who was a great poet in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The poetry depicted a cup of tea that put the poet in mind of the times when he was with his old friends many years ago.

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Awakened on a Night Boating

Artist: Lu Yanshao (1909-1993)

A painting depicting a scene of a boat floating in the lake by moonlight.

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Appreciating the Moon

Artist: Yuan Jiang

A classical Chinese painting of scenery under the mid-autumn moon in ancient China.

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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

Clear sky tonight.  Going to seek Chang'e on the surface of the moon.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    2 months ago

Well, I tried, but I couldn't see her.  The mooncakes were delicious anyway.

 
 
 
shona1
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2  shona1    2 months ago

Evening...can't see a thing here tonight... it's raining...

How come it is mid autumn when you are only three weeks into it??

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @2    2 months ago

It's calculated on the lunar calendar.

 
 
 
shona1
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2.1.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    2 months ago

Ahhh OK..well must away...so it is good night from this part of the world..

Catch you later alligator...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
2.1.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @2.1.1    2 months ago

In a while, crocodile.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

The 12,420,000 Yuan that the Buckingham Palace painting sold for is the equivalent of over 2 million US dollars.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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4  Raven Wing    2 months ago

These are all truly beautiful paintings. I really enjoy seeing, hearing and reading about ancient China. Thank you for sharing them with us.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
6  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

I KNEW you would enjoy them, which is why your delay surprised me, but thankfully explained.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
6.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6    2 months ago
I KNEW you would enjoy them,

Indeed you know how big a fan I am of Chinese ancient history. It is the visions of the ancient master of both the artistic and architectural groundwork over the many Chinese dynasties that made China the breath taking country it was and is, even today. 

 
 
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