Human Figure Paintings - Bai Miao

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Taizhen Xianzi

Taizhen Xianzi

Chinese Ink in Rice Paper

37.5x55.8cm

early 50's

Private collection

 

Zenghuahuan

Zenghuahuan

Chinese Ink in Rice Paper

37.5x55.8cm

early 50's

Private collection

 

Bai Miao is a technique of using Chinese brush to draw a fine outline of an object. As these lines are drawn with the supple Chinese brush using calligraphy strokes, the lines have a soft feel as well as a rhythmic vigor that is not attainable by the use of pencil, charcoal or other hard instruments. The oldest and the best Bai Miao is the ‘you su miao’ or 'floating gossamer threads' by the distinguished artist Ku Kai Chih. He was famous for drawing the outlines of human figure. The vigor and boldness of his work came from solid foundation in calligraphy. Holding his brush upright, with the tip of his brush, writing in the style of seal script, the stroke must be completed from beginning to the end in one breath. Neither a little ripple nor a little laxity is acceptable. Full concentration is needed with absolutely no disturbance (good eye sight and firmness of hand are also necessary. So, usually good Bai Miao is the work of artists with solid foundation in calligraphy and below forty years of age.)

Huang Yao, Moyuan Suibi, 1982

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