Zhou Chen and "homeless people"
|School||China Academy of Art|
|Keywords||Zhou Chen porfessional artist "beggars and street characters"|
Zhou Chen created a series of albums named "beggars and street characters" in1516, which is a very unique realistic work in the art history of Ming Dynasty even the entire art history before the Opium War. This specific art work reveals of the tragic life of the ordinary people at that time, so it shows special meaning and worths profound research.This essay has an emphases on this work, and will have a rough analyze on the author’s life and art style. Detailed pictural and textual evidences will be used, such as colophons from different times on this work, to analyze this work’s art style and technical characters, and to discuss its influence on art and thoughts and its provenance. Besides in this essay I will points out some mistakes from other scholar’ statements on this work, and bring up some questions and opinions.