Hong Kong Heritage
Presenters: Annemarie Evans
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Apprentice to Master (R)Chinese export paintings were the “postcards” of their time. Painted in the 18th and 19th centuries in large quantities in Guangzhou, Western merchants would pay for a portrait or a landscape to send home. The paintings provided a taste of China, its life, its customs and countryside. At a permanent exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Art – “Artistic Inclusion of the East and West – Apprentice to Master” – paintings by Western artists such as George Chinnery and Auguste Borget are cross-compared with their Chinese counterparts, some as famous as “Lamqua” and Tingqua, some just anonymous, who with no Western art training, learned to become masters themselves in the techniques of oil, guache, print and lithograph. Assistant Curator Maria Mok explains how the exhibition cross-compares their techniques.