Roberta Wue, "Image, Object, Audience," lecture
Image, Object, Audience: The Bird and Flower Fan Painting of Ren Bonian (1840-1896) Lecture complements Perlman Teaching Museum exhibition
Date: Friday, February 1st, 2013
Time: 4:30 pm
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Weitz Cinema
Sponsored by: Perlman Teaching Museum
Contact: Laurel Bradley, x4342
Roberta Wue, assistant professor of art history, University of California-Irvine
Fan painting thrived in 19th-century Shanghai, a prosperous commercial city in China. Bird and flower subjects were particularly popular. Ren Bonian (1840-1896), one of the most prominent painters of the period, made his reputation with images of Shanghai flora and fauna on both folding and screen fans. In his hands, bird-and-flower imagery took on urban overtones by representing the city via natural metaphors; his decorative works were coveted commodities for a bourgeois and merchant audience.
Courtesy of the Edwin L. Weisl Jr. Lectureship sponsored by the Robert Lehman Foundation and the John W. Nason Fund for East Asian Arts.