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Jiang Guofang was born in Jiang Xi in 1951. He received his formal training when he enrolled in the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1974. Shortly after his graduation in 1978, Jiang was appointed to stay and teach in the same faculty. In 1979 he was transferred to teach in the Arts Department at the Central Institute of Drama. Between 1984-85 Jiang further studied in the Oil Painting Workshop at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Throughout the 80s, Jiang participated in exhibitions held in the Mainland China. In the 90s, he brought his works to a wider audience. In 1993 he has held three exhibitions in Hong Kong. His works have also been shown in Tresor d’Art in Singapore (1993) , Art Asia ‘93 and ‘94 in Hong Kong and various art fairs and exhibitions held in Thailand (1995), Belgium (1995), Taiwan (1995) and Berlin (1998) Roma (2006) Berlin (2009) Athens (2011).
Jiang became a professional artist in 1998. He depicts the Forbidden City as a glamorous yet melancholic way of living.

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  • Jiang Guofang graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts of China. He started his career by taking a teaching position at the same institute. He has created many paintings and since 1987 he has focused on the series of the Forbidden City. These paintings done in oil colors resemble the realistic painting of the 18th century of the old masters. With fine details the faces, the cloths, the furniture and the interiors of the city are depicted. The painter strives to fascinate us through these details and through the use of rich colors. Most depicted persons do not acknowledge the spectator. They look far away lost in their own thoughts and melancholy. Jiang Guofang tries to control our gaze by creating paintings that have some parts painted extremely sharp and with meticulous detail while other parts are in soft focus, almost in a blur. He also tries to make us think about juxtapositions. For example a small boy has fallen asleep on a heavy large throne. In another case the child-emperor tries to take a look outside the walls of the Forbidden City. The huge space swallows the small human figure. Jiang Guofang paintings carry the eloquence, the charm and the melancholy of a civilization that has died away. In these painting we glimpse its last remaining.
  • In 2004, as the first artist ever, Jiang Guo Fang had the honour of exhibiting in the Forbidden City. The only exhibition so far, with works from the "FORBIDDEN CITY" series in Europe, took place in the Palazzo Venzia in Rome, in 2005. In 2009, the paintings from Jiang Guo Fang's "The Forbidden City" series was exhibited at the Art Center for the first time in Berlin, and in 2011 in Athens. Impressions from the opening of the exhibition on Sept. 23rd, 2009 here>> Jiang Guo Fang was born in 1951. As a young man he was influenced by the Cultural Revolution and studied oil painting until 1978 at the Chinese National Academy of Fine Arts. After his graduation he initially started teaching and later assumed a professorship at the art department of the Central Institute of Drama in Beijing. Today Jiang Guo Fang is regarded as one of China's most significant contemporary artists.
  • " I began to paint a series of pictures on the Forbidden City in oil more than 30 years ago. Rather than saying these pictures are unlike those of the realistic "court painters," it is better to say they are unlike those of the realistic aestheticians. The so-called aestheticism, in the strict sense, means breaking away from reality. It is a relatively pure art, an art for the sake of art. Only the beautiful is the good. Only the beautiful is the true. But I am different. What I am after are the aesthetic elements in the historical subjects, elements with certain symbolic meanings. I reject pragmatism and do not wish my art to have a direct connection to real life. I hope that while appreciating my works, people may understand reality and history, the beautiful and the symbolic, human nature and nature itself in a broader sense. I draw attention to the national and traditional characters in my art, because the majestic long river of our history carries a vast and rich cultural heritage. Its wonder is closely associated with the regeneration of the Chinese nation. In the free space of imagination, it has lent a unique attraction to my art. This is what I believe in and what I pursue." Jiang Guo Fang
  • " Other than the emperor and princes, women in the rear quarters of the palace played leading roles in the paintings of the palace. Among these women were princesses, empresses, empress dowagers, imperial concubines, honourable imperial concubines, and other concubines, whose charm and beauty form an interesting picture of the palace. Palace women in China made up an important part of China's female culture. Most of the women painted in China were court ladies. By the Ming and Qing dynasties, these kinds of paintings had split into two stylistic categories. One category covered imperial court paintings, which were solemn in appearance, like the portrait of an empress we often see, or a so-called standard portrait today, with the same clothes and ornaments, composition and background. These works, which do not show the painter's own style and aesthetic taste, can hardly be called artistic creations. The other category included pictures of palace women painted freely by artists. Their diverse and colourful appeal stands for China's female culture and represents an indelible position and value within the history of art.
  • Women in the palace are a special subject for me. When I painted them, I did not have direct experience with them. Most of my knowledge of them comes from historical stories, paintings, movies and TV series. Stories about women in the palace are unavoidable in the plot of TV series about life in the Forbidden City. People seem to be very interested in them. There are three main reasons for me to paint women in the palace. 1. They allow me to create a large variety of shapes and apply rich colors. 2. As they are a special group of people, they are typical representatives of traditional Chinese culture and reflect the most lively and stirring side of culture in the palace. 3. Stories of women in the palace in both ancient times and today, in China and other countries, often become love stories. There are always stories covered by the dust of history and stories that are both enchanting and for people to sigh over. Their stories are therefore long lasting.
  • 2.daughter of a noble family
  • In the Qing dynasty, the women both in the palace, as well as ordinary people lived within a feudal ethical code that had prevailed for several thousand years. This ethical code was more strictly applied to women than men. In The Book of Change, written over 2,000 years ago, it is written, "As Heaven is noble and Earth lowly, they determine the ways of Heaven and Earth. The way of Heaven brings forth males, and the way of Earth females." In other words, it is a natural law that females are inferior to males. The Admonitions for Women, written by Ban Zhao of the Han dynasty, determines an even more systematic standard to regulate the words and conduct of women, proposing that a woman must adhere to "three obediences and four virtues" (obedience to father, husband and son, morality, proper speech, modest manner, and diligent work.) It initially shaped traditional Chinese female culture, and acted as an invisible black net ensnaring all women. Neither the women in the palace, nor the women of ordinary families could escape from this mental shackle. In addition, women at the palace faced an additional invisible spectre. This spectre was the open strife and veiled struggle among the women of the palace. The magnificent palace in which the women lived was a black hole reeking of blood, where, spurred by jealousy and the desire to gain favour, women resorted to deception and fraud, and killed one another no less brutally than the men who fought on the battlefield." Jiang Guo Fang
  • 2 Princess-of-the-Qing-Dynasty
  • Jiang Guo Fang's work is essentially influenced by his altercation with the occidental art. He was trained in Eastern as well as in Western painting techniques, but the traditional aesthetics of Chinese painting are important to him as well. In an impressive way he combines Chinese painting tradition with that of old European masters. Equipped with an extensive knowledge about the dynasties of the Chinese emperors his works reflect the rediscovery and re-evaluation of his country's history.
  • The paintings of the "FORBIDDEN CITY" series, portraits and scenes from the 600 years old imperial palace, have their own unique expression due to the distinctive painting style he has developed. Unswervingly Jiang Guo Fang strives for artistic perfection, which occasionally he is trying to find by painting variations of one motif, changing size, composition and colours. His masterful paintings bring back to life the Forbidden City and its history, symbol and mysticism of the great Chinese emperors. The Forbidden City in Beijing is a symbol of China as only the Great Wall can be. Here ruled the last emperor of the Quing Dynasty (1644-1911), the last dynasty which followed after Ming (1368-1644). In 1405 emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty moved the capital of the Chinese empire from Nanking to Beijing. Between 1407 and 1420 the construction of the monumental palace began. The area with its hundreds of palaces and thousands of rooms is the embodiment of the many thousand years old Chinese civilisation and culture. "Jiang Guo Fang is an artist who displays great courage in art by placing its fate in the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace in China, and dares to hold a one-man show in the Forbidden City with his series of paintings of the very same site. Later, his Forbidden City series was brought to Rome's Palazzo Venezia, Italy, where his oeuvre was on display for two and a half months. In this brief period Jiang Guo Fang travelled from the former imperial palace to Palazzo Venezia, a figurative road of art from the East to the West.
  • We should say that Jiang Guo Fang's courage in art stems from his confidence in his own art's power. Powerful art is often heavy. Looking at Jiang Guo Fang's work, one cannot feel cheer, but one can feel its heaviness and even the heaviness of his canvas, colours, and paint brush. He painted not only the Forbidden City and the people in it, but also his feelings and thoughts. His feelings and thought are heavy, and so the pictures are, as well. He has painted the heaviness of Chinese imperial dynastic history of several thousand years, the heaviness of the last imperial dynasty, and the shadowy heaviness of something that is still lingers. Choosing the Forbidden City as a subject means choosing its heaviness, and that cannot be replaced. When pictures are forceful and heavy, they cannot be replaced. They belong to Jiang Guo Fang's distinctive artistic creations." Li Wenru, Vice-President of the Palace Museum
  • Jiang’s “Forbidden City” paintings used unique perspective not to reappear history scenes and humanity struggle but also paint a woman world which is full of classical beauty. From the technique of expression, we can see he used the play stage’s  “chase light” and Rembrandt light processing techniques. Usually there is a bunch of golden warm light projected onto the main part of painting. It emits a grand mystery and stage sense. The processing of painting color, emphasizing like poetic and dynamic melody of music. It make people unwittingly enter into a peaceful and harmonious environment.
  • Jiang Guofang graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts of China. He started his career by taking a teaching position at the same institute. He has created many paintings and since 1987 he has focused on the series of the Forbidden City. These paintings done in oil colors resemble the realistic painting of the 18th century of the old masters. With fine details the faces, the cloths, the furniture and the interiors of the city are depicted. The painter strives to fascinate us through these details and through the use of rich colors. Most depicted persons do not acknowledge the spectator. They look far away lost in their own thoughts and melancholy. Jiang Guofang tries to control our gaze by creating paintings that have some parts painted extremely sharp and with meticulous detail while other parts are in soft focus, almost in a blur. He also tries to make us think about juxtapositions. For example a small boy has fallen asleep on a heavy large throne. In another case the child-emperor tries to take a look outside the walls of the Forbidden City. The huge space swallows the small human figure. Jiang Guofang paintings carry the eloquence, the charm and the melancholy of a civilization that has died away. In these painting we glimpse its last remaining.
  • Jiang Guo Fang, Reclining Court Lady, Oil on canvas, signed lower left, 132cm x 162cm. Estimate £20,000 - 30,000
  • Pleased the day celebrate
  • Jiang Guofang   In contemporary China, Jiang Guofang has obtained outstanding achievements as an artist with single minded concentration on historic themes. These achievements are well-known not only in China, but also throughout the international community. Jiang was among the first batch of artists who received a formal art education in the late 1970s, when China adopted policies of reform and opening. He graduated with distinction at China’s highest seat of fine arts learning, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, and was appointed to the faculty upon graduation. While a student in the Academy, Jiang developed a profound understanding of portraying historic themes with pure European realism. During the course of his teaching, Jiang extracted the quintessence of the fine traditions of Chinese arts. He also opened his eyes beyond the country to grasp the pulse of contemporary art development in the world.

Gradually, he began shifting his focus of exploration from a mere concern for artistic language to the establishment and refinement of his theories. In the 1990s, Jiang gradually became obsessed with Chinese History and marched in that respect for his artistic pursuit and exploration. His unique painting language can be justifiably called the paradigm of the harmonious integration of western and oriental art.
  • Jiang Guofang was born in Jiang Xi in 1951. He received his formal training when he enrolled in the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1974.  Shortly after his graduation in 1978, Jiang was appointed to stay and teach in the same faculty. In 1979 he was transferred to teach in the Arts Department at the Central Institute of Drama.  Between 1984-85 Jiang further studied in the Oil Painting Workshop at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.   Throughout the 80s, Jiang participated in exhibitions held in the Mainland China.  In the 90s, he brought his works to a wider audience. In 1993 he has held three exhibitions in Hong Kong. His works have also been shown in Tresor d’Art in Singapore (1993) , Art Asia ‘93 and ‘94 in Hong Kong and various art fairs and exhibitions held in Thailand (1995), Belgium (1995), Taiwan (1995) and Berlin (1998). Jiang became a professional artist in 1998.  He depicts the Forbidden City as a glamorous yet melancholic way of living.
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    • 1. http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/michaelasanda-1472589-jiang-guo-fang1/
    • 2. Jiang Guo Fang was born in 1951. As a young man he was influenced by theCultural Revolution and studied oil painting until 1978 at the ChineseNational Academy of Fine Arts. After his graduation he initially startedteaching and later assumed a professorship at the art department of theCentral Institute of Drama in Beijing. Today Jiang Guo Fang is regarded asone of Chinas most significant contemporary artists.The Forbidden City in Beijing is a symbol of China as only the Great Wallcan be. Here ruled the last emperor of the Quing Dynasty (1644-1911), thelast dynasty which followed after Ming (1368-1644). In 1405 emperor Yongleof the Ming Dynasty moved the capital of the Chinese empire from Nankingto Beijing. Between 1407 and 1420 the construction of the monumentalpalace began. The area with its hundreds of palaces and thousands of roomsis the embodiment of the many thousand years old Chinese civilisation andculture.Jiang Guo Fang is an artist who displays great courage in art by placing itsfate in the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace in China, and daresto hold a one-man show in the Forbidden City with his series of paintings ofthe very same site. Later, his Forbidden City series was brought to RomesPalazzo Venezia, Italy, where his oeuvre was on display for two and a halfmonths. In this brief period Jiang Guo Fang travelled from the formerimperial palace to Palazzo Venezia, a figurative road of art from the East tothe West
    • 3. In 2004, as the first artist ever, JiangGuo Fang had the honour ofexhibiting in the Forbidden City. Theonly exhibition so far, with works fromthe "FORBIDDEN CITY" series inEurope, took place in the PalazzoVenezia in Rome, in 2005. In 2009,the paintings from Jiang Guo Fangs"The Forbidden City" series wasexhibited at the Art Center for the firsttime in Berlin, and in 2011 in Athens
    • 4. Text and pictures: Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Arangement: Sanda FoişoreanuSound: Vanessa Mae - He Zhanhao and Chen Gang - The Butterfly Lovers violin concerto www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda

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