During the 2019-2020 school year, music and art of China was the focus of the Westport Youth Concert Global Initiative. Throughout the year, students learned about the musical traditions of China, and art teachers planned lessons incorporating Chinese art, culminating in the concert at Staples High School in early February.
Can you find a path to travel along in this landscape painting?
Where would you start your journey?
What natural and man-made things do you see along the way?
The artist of this painting, Guo Rong (1946-2010), was a member of the Yangzhou Chinese Painting Academy. It was presented to the Town of Westport in 2005.
To find out more about Chinese landscape painting, you can read the essay "Landscape Painting in Chinese Art" on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline
Why do you think the artist titled his painting “purple fog”?
Do you recognize the specific plants or birds depicted here?
What are the birds doing? How are they painted differently from one another?
What parts of the painted areas look similar to the writing? Can you imagine where the painter pressed down on, or picked up, his brush?
The artist of this painting, Guo Ming (b. 1953), is a member of the Yangzhou Chinese Painting Academy. This painting was also presented to the Town of Westport in 2005.
In 1996, Larry Silver — a renowned photographer who lives in Westport — visited Yangzhou with a town delegation. The Chinese government invited him back in 1999. During both trips, Larry took hundreds of beautiful black and white photographs of the people and places he saw. His works are held in many public and private collections.
Larry kindly lent a selection of six photographs to display along the ink paintings in our schools throughout this year. They capture a place and a way of life that is very much changed today.
Can you compare the two landscapes below, one painted and one photographed? What is similar about them? What appears different?
This exhibit has rotated through all five elementary schools this year, and was installed at Staples High School for the Westport Youth Concert in February.
Westport and Yangzhou: Sister Cities
All works by Larry Silver are copyright Larry Silver Other artworks courtesy of Westport Public Art Collection Photo of The Five Pavilion bridge of Yangzhou By Gisling - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 View of the Saugatuck Bridge in Westport, CT By Jllm06 - Own work, CC0 Map of China By Uwe Dedering - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,