CHINESE CHINESE
EXTRAORDINARY    PAINTING
RIVERSIDE SCENE DURING THE PURE
BRIGHTNESS FESTIVAL
, meaning tomb sweeping day
and is also called Qing Ming Festival.


This painting is the work of Mr Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145) who was
an official painter in the royal  court of the Northern Song Dynasty in
China. The painting is a hand scroll and measures 528cm long and
24.8cm high. It has been included in the collection of the Palace
Museum in Beijing.

The painting depicts a scene along River Bian at Bianliang (now
Kaifeng in modern China), which was the capital of the Northern
Song Dynasty. It consists of two major sceneries. The first part which
is on the right (a Chinese horizontal scroll unfolds from right to left),
shows the tranquility of the countryside where we can find farmers
and livestock. Gradually scrolling to the left, we can see the town with
people pursuing different economic activities. We can perceive from
the painting types the different living styles between the rich and the
poor and the difference between the countryside and the township.


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Link to moving painting "Riverside Scene of Pure Brightness
Festival
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