Song Wenzhi (1919-1999, Taicang, Jiangsu Province) studied advertising art in Shanghai when he was young. Later he became a student of Wu Hufan ( 吳湖帆 ), a master of Chinese calligraphy and painting and a renowned connoisseur and collector.
After having studied at the Suzhou Art Training Institute, he taught at secondary schools and normal universities. He joined the Jiangsu Province Traditional Chinese Painting Studio in 1957. Song Wenzhi studied classical Chinese painting techniques of the Four Wangs ( 四王 王時敏、王鑒、王原祁、王翬 ), Western perspectives and color theories, and paintings of Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, and etc.
Song was a director of the Chinese Artists Association, and a vice-chairman of its Jiangsu Branch. Many of his works have been included in international collections.
Important Art of New China 1949-1979 (China Guardian Auction Catalogue 1997, Beijing)
Chen Lusheng, Xin Zhongguo meishu tushi – 1949-1966 [The Art History of the People’s Republic of China – 1949-1966] (Beijing: Zhongguo qingnian chubanshe, 2000) [in Chinese]
Michael Sullivan, Modern Chinese Artists — A Biographical Dictionary (Berkeley, etc: University of California Press, 2006)
Zhongguo meishuguan (ed.), 中国美术年鉴 1949-1989 (Guilin: Guangxi meishu chubanshe, 1993)
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is home to the finest collection of Chinese masterpieces of any museum outside of China. Produced for Public Television by Great Museums TV.
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“Interweaving the history and culture of the time, this fine documentary presents traditional Chinese Art for those who cannot visit in person.” — Booklist
“Recommended highly for high school, college and university levels as well as for public library and community audiences.” – Sightlines
This spectacular film brings to light the priceless treasures of China’s Imperial art collection, relating them to the political climate of their time. It is an unforgettable glimpse into another culture and another age.
Miraculously, the treasures survived the turbulence of war and revolution. When the Japanese invaded China in the 1930’s, the precious works of art were spirited out of the Forbidden City (so richly evoked in The Last Emperor). For years the collection was hidden all over China in caves, temples and school houses. Worth untold millions, it became the symbol of China’s cultural survival.
The Emperor’s Eye is also the tale of a passionate collector, Emperor Chien Lung, whose quest to create the greatest art collection in the world was actually a bid for his own immortality. Filmed with the cooperation of the Taipei National Palace Museum, the documentary shows the precious artworks – jade dragons, landscape painting, delicate porcelains, ancient bronze urns – that so few Westerners are privileged to see.
As the definitive film on traditional Chinese art and culture, The Emperor’s Eye will satisfy the curiosity of a wide spectrum of viewers-from experts in Asian Studies to armchair travelers and art lovers.
Executive Producer: Alvin H. Perlmutter
Producer/Director: Lisa Hsia
NTSC 4:3 – 57-minutes
© 1989 & 2011 Alvin H. Perlmutter, Inc.
CINE, Gold Eagle, 1990
Golden Apple, National Educational Film Festival, 1990
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Learn more about the exhibition The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty on view at the Met September 28, 2010–January 2, 2011: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/khubilai-khan.aspx
This series of talks discusses in depth the exhibition The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, which highlights new art forms and styles generated in China as a result of the unification of China under the Yuan dynasty and the massive influx of craftsmen from all over the vast Mongol empire.
James C. Y. Watt, Brooke Russell Astor Chairman, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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