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DAI JITAO (1891-1949)
DAI JITAO (1891-1949)
DAI JITAO (1891-1949)
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DAI JITAO (1891-1949)

Calligraphy - Buddhist Scriptures

DAI JITAO (1891-1949)
Calligraphy - Buddhist Scriptures
Album of thirty six leaves, ink on paper
Each leaf measures 31.5 x 20.3 cm. (12 3/8 x 8 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with a total of seven seals of the artist
Dated nineteenth year (of the Republic, 1930)
Titleslip entitled, inscribed and signed by the artist
Further inscribed and signed by Wang Zhen, with two seals
Dated summer, nineteenth year (of the Republic, 1930)
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Buddhism in Art: An Ensemble of Buddhist Paintings and Calligraphy from 20th-Century China
Buddhism originated in India and first came to China over two millennia ago, the practise of Buddhism has altered many aspects of the Chinese way of living. From philosophy to the use of language, its influences lay far beyond religion.
With the turmoil of 20th century China, Buddhism played an indispensable role in Chinese society. This collection of works offers a glimpse of how artists followed this religion and how it inspired them in their artistic pursuit. Artists such as Hong Yi, Wang Zhen and Dai Jitao were from all walks of life, but they all created paintings or calligraphy with Buddhist motifs. Their intentions varied - some were devout followers, some were philanthropists, some had political agenda and some intended to spread Buddhism to a wider world through his calligraphy.
The religious scene in post-1949 unified China was relatively calm. For Qi Gong, Buddhism became his vehicle to express personal emotions, while Zhao Puchu followed his calling to promote the religion. As we find ourselves in the contemporary world where traditional values were changing rapidly, Buddhism has further transformed into a gentler religious force. Contemporary artists such as Pan Wenxun and Sun Hao find ways to relate to Buddhism through culture and history more than ever before. For them, expressing their Buddhist beliefs in art becomes a personal experience, with the hope of providing a stage for viewers for self-reflection.

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