Resources Organized by Time Period: 20th Century



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Bridging East and West: The Chinese Diaspora and Lin Yutang
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2008 exhibition featuring "43 paintings and calligraphies by 19 leading Chinese artists of the mid-20th century." With images of 12 artworks.

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Chinese Calligraphy
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An overview of the development of calligraphy in China: "Calligraphy, or the art of writing, was the visual art form prized above all others in traditional China. The genres of painting and calligraphy emerged simultaneously, sharing identical tools—namely, brush and ink. Yet calligraphy was revered as a fine art long before painting; indeed, it was not until the Song dynasty, when painting became closely allied with calligraphy in aim, form, and technique, that painting shed its status as mere craft and joined the higher ranks of the fine arts. With images of 16 paintings from the Song, Ming, and Qing dynasties and two related objects.

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Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting: Xie Zhiliu (1910–1997)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2010 exhibition of "around one hundred and fifty works by Xie Zhiliu (pronounced "shay jer-leo"), one of modern China's leading traditional artists and a preeminent connoisseur of painting and calligraphy. The rare trove of material on view demonstrates how studying and copying earlier models were as much a part of Chinese artistic tradition as learning from nature." With images of 125 works from the exhibition.

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Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2001 exhibition. "This selection from the Ellsworth Collection ... focuses on Chinese painting created during the period of clashing social visions and dramatic political change that marked China’s entry into the modern world. In the arts, it was a time when the tensions between tradition and innovation, native and foreign styles reached an unprecedented level of intensity." With images of 10 related artworks.

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Timeline of Art History: China, 1900 A.D.–present
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"The twentieth century witnesses the fall of the Qing dynasty, and with it, the ancient imperial system." With a period overview, list of key events, and 8 related artworks. Also has links to additional information about the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), traditional Chinese painting in the 20th century, an abridged list of Chinese emperors, and timelines of Japan and Korea during this time.

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Traditional Chinese Painting in the Twentieth Century
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief discussion of traditional painting in 20th-century China. With 7 related artworks.

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