Ms. Ruby Leung: Li 理 (Universal Principle), Li Kan 李衎 (1245-1320) and Yuan-Dynasty (1271-1368) Bamboo Painting

141110 seminar leungDate: 10 November 2014
Time: 5pm
Venue: Room 10.28 Run Run Shaw Tower

In the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), the number of artists who painted the subject bamboo greatly increased. Li Kan 李衎 (1245-1320), Gao Kegong 高克恭 (1248-1310), and Zhao Mengfu 趙孟頫 (1254-1322) were all famous for their bamboo paintings. My research suggests that in the earlier Song, bamboo was interpreted as possessing the qualities of a scholarly gentleman. The famous philosopher Zhu Xi 朱熹 (1130-1200), shifted focus in commentaries on bamboo so that it became a means to understand li, the universal principle that governs all in the cosmos… (Please click on the image to read more)