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Blending Western-style portraiture with Chinese ink washes and painterly brushstrokes, Wang Ziwu, a well-known artist from Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, depicts a Qin opera performer. Female stage roles known as dan entail graceful, emotive gestures and elegant, high-pitched singing. Here, the actor maneuvers a symbolic handkerchief, wearing a jeweled crown with tassels extending down her body and dramatic eye makeup. Qin opera performances are often attended in celebration of birthdays and the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Modern period (1912-present)
子武之印 Ziwu zhiyin
一九七八年伯春子武習寫于北京西郊 (Painted by Ziwu in the western suburb of Beijing in the spring of 1978)
Loan from the Y.T. Bay Collection
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