The Badashanren Museum
From a mom travelling in January 1996: The Badashanren museum was interesting but it took about 20 minutes by
bus to get there. We were definitely in the country and not the city.
It was a rainy day and we thought the museum would get us inside out of
the rain. Not so. Most of the museum was open air and courtyards.
Often the only thing protecting the art from the outside elements was a
single layer of glass. The electricity was off the day we visited. That
didn't hinder us very much because the museum was so open and natural
light was available. However, one room contained wax figures posed to
represent Badasharen doing Caligraphy. We couldn't see a thing in that
room. I took a flash photo so I could see what it looked like when I got
home. They had lovely postcards and artwork for sale at the museum.
This is what a brochure from the museum says:
Badasharen, named Zhu Da,
born in 1626 AD and died in 1705 AD, 9th grandson of the 16th son of Zhu
YuanZhang, first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, is an outstanding
caligrapher and painter in the period from the late Ming Dynasty to the
early Qing Dynasty in our country. After the Ming Dynasty died out angry
at the Qing Dynasty he became a monk, and then resided in seclusion in
the Nanchang Qingyunpu Taoist Compound.
His artistic characteristics are implicit, reserved, logic, pure and
honest. The strokes and ink treatment of his paintings are unusual,
pure, detailed and smooth. The painting of objects is simple yet right
to the point, and vivid like real ones. The background of his works is
clear, simple, outstanding and free from vulgarity. His caligraphy and
paintings have reached the state in which is integrated with ingenious
effect, color, character and pride, thus has opened a new era.
For the past 300 years, Badashanren has been popular in the painting
world. His artistic techniques deeply influenced famous painters, such
as Yangzhou Baguai, Wu Changsuo, Qi Baishi, Zhang Daqian, Pan Tianshou
and Li Kuchan. Naturally, he is regarded as a great master in our
country's painting world.
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