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By Sarah Shaver Hughes, Brady Hughes

ISBN-10: 156324313X

ISBN-13: 9781563243134

This paintings is one in all volumes offering chosen histories from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. It discusses matters inside of a feminine context and contours political and financial concerns, marriage practices, motherhood and enslavement, spiritual ideals and religious improvement.

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The ideal Confucian family, as everyone knows, consisted of many married sons and their wives and children, living with their parents under one roof. A stem phase in the Chinese family system was merely that: a cyclic interval between the marriage of an eldest son and his brothers. On the other hand, among poorer families the stem phase tended to become a permanent condition. Poor families had difficulty rearing more than one son to adulthood; even in cases where two or more sons survived, a family of modest means might have resources to bring in only one bride.

Women in the gentry families who became skilled painters usually had the support and assistance of male family members. Accounts of their lives emphasize that they and their husbands shared an interest in art that formed a romantic bond between them. Often, the wife-artist was a secondary wife or a concubine. Not all were dependent on being taught by their male family members. Some learned from the females in their family who were artists.

A few women artists worked before the Song dynasty (960–1279), which was the first dynasty with a sizable number of women painters. However, it is in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1912) dynasties that women’s art can be identified today as a distinct, significant body of work. By then, serious Chinese paintings often included a written poem or short essay. An artist had to be literate, familiar with the writing brush, and knowledgeable in art history. Women painters belonged to scholar-official (gentry) families or were courtesans, nuns, or members of artisan families.

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