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Guangchuan huaba 廣川畫跋

Mar 8, 2023 © Ulrich Theobald

Guangchuan huaba 廣川畫跋 "Notes on paintings from Broad River [Studio]" is a sister-work to Dong You's 董逌 (early 12th cent.) Guangchuan shuba 廣川書跋 and a collection of various critics of paintings through the ages.

In the 6 fascicles of his book, Dong comments on no less than 136 paintings in private collections and those of the imperial palace. His notes add biographical information on artists. The notes are strong in critical research and evaluation and demonstrate in many ways the quality of paintings in a reliable and systematic way. Dong bolsters his arguments by quotations from older books on painting. While not attempting to rank paintings one against each other, he achieves a non-biased approach to the evaluation of artworks. Instead of laying stress on the use of brush and ink, Dong discusses the content of paintings, and points at factual errors in details. Analysis of painting techniques can only be found in a few landscape paintings.

The text is included in the series Siku quanshu 四庫全書, Wangshi shuhua yuan 王氏書畫苑, Shiwanjuanlou congshu 十萬卷樓叢書, Cangxiutang congshu 藏修堂叢書, Cuilangganguan congshu 翠瑯玕館叢書 and Shiyuan congshu 適園叢書.

Gao Ling 高岭 (1988). "Tuoxinglei zhi cheji, de zaohua zhi benran: Guangchuan huaba yishu chuangzuo sixiang chutan 脱形類之轍迹,得造化之本然——《廣川畫跋》藝術創作思想初探", Meishu 美術, 1988 (12): 55-59.
Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文郁, eds. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 2, 1804.
Pu Songnian 薄松年 (1992). "Guangchuan huaba 廣川畫跋", in Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, part Meishu 美術 (Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe), Vol. 1, 279.
Sun Xiaoli 孫小力 (1996). "Guangchuan huaba 廣川畫跋", in Zhou Gucheng 周谷城, ed. Zhongguo xueshu mingzhu tiyao 中國學術名著提要, Vol. Yishu 藝術卷 (Shanghai: Fudan daxue chubanshe), 660.
Zhang Jing 張晶 (2020). "Xingxi yu changli: Dong You Guangchuan huaba xieyao pingxi “形似”與“常理”——董逌《廣川畫跋》擷要評析", Mingzuo xinshang 名作欣賞, 2020 (28): 116-120; 2020 (31): 126-129.