Studying the Cixi Portrait at the Harvard Art Museum (2024)
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Studying the Cixi Portrait at the Harvard Art Museum (2024)

There is a famous portrait of Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908 Qing Dynasty) at the Harvard Art Museum in Cambridge MA. A.k.a the Cixi Portrait. It was painted by Hubert Vos, a Dutch-American artist in 1906. I had the good fortune to see this painting in person last week at the Harvard Art Museum. This blog post is primarily about this famous painting, its background and history and to analyze it as an example of the power and relevance of portraiture in human history.

Li’s Art Exhibit at Worcester Art Museum’s Spring Celebration (2024)

Li’s Art Exhibit at Worcester Art Museum’s Spring Celebration (2024)

As part of Worcester Art Museum’s Spring Celebration on Sunday May 5, artist Xiang Li was invited to exhibit her large scale original paintings at the museum. She was amongst many other accomplished artists, musicians and performers invited to showcase their work as part of the festival.

Dream of the Red Chamber: The First Complete Art Collection Created by Visionary Watercolor Artist Xiang Li (400+ Paintings)
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Dream of the Red Chamber: The First Complete Art Collection Created by Visionary Watercolor Artist Xiang Li (400+ Paintings)

Welcome to Dream of the Red Chamber, by Xiang Li. Among the novel’s many admirers is Xiang Li, whose dedication to this classic has left an indelible mark on the art world in China. She achieved the remarkable feat of being the first person ever to paint all 430 characters from the novel in watercolor, culminating in a historic exhibition in Hebei, China, in 1985 when she was only 35! It was a cultural event that celebrated the enduring legacy of Dreams of the Red Chamber. It provided the visitors with a new vivid and visual way to experience the age-old classic story.

An Evening with the Dragons: A Special Edition for International Women’s Day 2024

An Evening with the Dragons: A Special Edition for International Women’s Day 2024

This article is written with reflections from my visit to artist Xiang Li’s exhibit, and commemorating International Women’s Day. You will learn more about traditional Chinese silk watercolor paintings displayed at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

The Science and Art of the Chinese Watercolor Paint: Gemstone, Mineral and Plant Colors
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The Science and Art of the Chinese Watercolor Paint: Gemstone, Mineral and Plant Colors

Did you know that traditional Chinese watercolor paints are made of gemstone, mineral and plants? In this reflective article, we will walk you through these special colors, their making process and symbolisms.

Unveiling Creative Potential: Explore Grant Opportunities & Resources from the Mass Cultural Council

Unveiling Creative Potential: Explore Grant Opportunities & Resources from the Mass Cultural Council

Welcome, fellow creators and cultural enthusiasts! Are you seeking support for your artistic endeavors or seeking to enrich your community with cultural events? Look no further than the Mass Cultural Council! As a registered user of their Grants Management System, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities to unleash your creative potential and contribute to the vibrant artistic landscape of Massachusetts.