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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

Contact: Laurel Bradley

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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.


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