Over the past 100 years or so, the region of Guangdong has become the cradle of modern Chinese painting. From its origins, Guangdong painting quickly flourished and established itself in Chinese art history as a new offshoot branching out from the traditional mainstream of its northern counterparts.
Situated at the Pearl River estuary of Guangdong Province, Hong Kong has a close relationship with Guangdong with regard to historical development. Therefore, since the Hong Kong Museum of Art began to establish its collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy in 1962, Guangdong painting and calligraphy has been a major focus of the collection. Over decades of acquisition through generous donations and strategic purchases, the Museum of Art has established a sizeable collection of Guangdong painting and calligraphy.
This title featured ninety-five items of the Museum’s collection of Guangdong painting of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Major artists include Lin Liang (circa 1426 - circa 1495), Zhang Mu (1607-1683) and Gao Yan (circa 1620-1691) of the Ming dynasty and Li Jian (1747-1799), Xie Lansing (1760-1831), Su Liupeng (1791 - circa 1862), Su Renshan (1814 - circa 1850) and Ju Lian (1828-1904) of the Qing dynasty.