Folk Life in Chinese Genre Paintings

Genre painting is one of important subjects of Chinese figure paintings that usually takes folks’ daily life as its content. As a distinctive form of Chinese paintings, genre painting is extraordinarily close to the life of the mind of masses as well as aesthetically needs for it grows out of folk art.

The general public had strong consumer demand and spending power on genre painting which pay more attention to their day-to-day life. Thus, genre painting became the most representative part of figure painting in Chinese arts of worldly Song Dynasty.

Chinese genre paintings

Chinese genre paintings

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