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Chinese Classical & Modern Drawings

Historically, Chinese drawing included both figural ink or watercolor sketches as well as calligraphic writings on paper. Similar to Chinese paintings, drawings are marked by dynamic use of line. Expression through penmanship, therefore, is elevated in Chinese culture to the ranks of high art forms like painting.

Chinese drawings, rather than merely depicting life by appearances, sought to capture expression and feeling by channeling it from the artist, through the brush, and onto paper. Understanding the spirit of the subject was more important than the physical resemblance. Calligraphy, with each word defined by its own unique drawing, became an important form of art with the emergence of written language in China, starting before 1500 B.C.


Quick Facts

  • The Chinese have long embraced drawing for its clarity, energy, and aesthetic form
  • In ancient China, calligraphy was viewed as a higher art form than painting until the Song Dynasty, when painting became closely associated with calligraphy
  • Chinese drawings originated first as ornamental decorations on everyday objects before becoming appreciated on their own

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A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 08, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $600- $800
$2001 Bid
ATTRIBUTED AND SIGNED DEYONG WEI. A INK AND COLOR ON PAPER HANGING PAINTING. H740.
Oct 13, 11:00 AM EDT
ATTRIBUTED AND SIGNED DEYONG WEI. A INK AND COLOR ON PAPER HANGING PAINTING. H740.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $1,500- $3,500
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A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
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A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
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Est: $800- $1,000
$2000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 07, 6:00 PM MST
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Est: $600- $800
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A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
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Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
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$2000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
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Est: $2,000- $3,000
$3000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 07, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
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Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 07, 6:00 PM MST
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Est: $2,000- $3,000
$3000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 07, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 07, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 07, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 07, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 07, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 07, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 07, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 08, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$3000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 08, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
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Est: $600- $800
$2000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 08, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
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Est: $500- $700
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A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 08, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
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Est: $600- $800
$2000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 08, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $500- $700
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 08, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $600- $800
$2000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 08, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $500- $700
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Oct 08, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
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Est: $500- $700
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