Chinese GongBi paintings have endured an abrasive 2000 year history. The GongBi
style had its beginnings approximately 2000 years ago during the Han Dynasty
(206 BC - 220 AD) when Han's political stability and its prosperity favored the
advancement of the arts. Chinese GongBi paintings peaked out between the Tang and
Song Dynasties (618 AD - 1279 AD) where these paintings were endorsed
and collected by the Royal families of China.The GongBi artists to perfect this style must totally commit themselves to the
GongBi techniques. Only the wealthy could afford GongBi artists. This style of
art was accomplished in secret in royal palaces and private homes.
Chinese GongBi paintings expired during a 700 year period of political and economic unrest of
the Song Dynasty. For this length of time, the government was hostile to the
GongBi artists. However, many of the GongBi paintings were saved from the
Song Dynasty during this tormented 700 year period.
GongBi paintings became available to all through national art museums
and public education due largely to a progressive modern Chinese government.
Traditionally, GongBi paintings feature extravagant and detailed flowers and
birds. These intricate drawings of flowers and birds demand total
concentration and the greatest of artistic ability. Thus, you arrive at a beautiful
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