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Chinese Woodblock Prints

Woodblock printing first appeared in China around 600, probably following by the much older use of bronze or stone seals to make imprints on clay and silk. At first, woodblock printing was mainly used for printing calendars, calligraphy, charms as well as books on agriculture and medicine. In 762, the first commercially printed books were sold in the markets of the Tang capital, Chang’an. By the end of Tang dynasty, the process for block printing on paper was perfected.
The limitations of woodblock printing led to the invention of moveable-type printing during the Song dynasty. In China, because of the thousands of ideograms required to write in Chinese, moveable type was not as efficient as it would be four hundred years later in Western Europe so woodblock printing remained popular in China and Chinese woodblock prints golden age spanned from the late 16th through the 19th century.
Children at Play in a Garden
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A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Li Liufang (Chinese, 1575–1629)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Wen Youke (Chinese, died 1079)

Rock and Old Trees (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)

Original painted by Su Dongpo (Chinese, Song dynasty)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Hwa Dang (Chinese, Ming dynasty)

Summer and Paulownia Tree (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)

Original painted by Shen Zhou (Chinese, 1427–1509)

Mountain in Spring (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)

In the Style of Hwang Yifeng (Chinese, 1269–1354)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Bi Ji (Chinese, Tang dynasty)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Xu Wei (Chinese, 1521–1593)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original by Tang Yin (Chinese, 1470–1524)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Ke Jiusi (Chinese, 1290–1343)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

In the Style of Huang Zujiu (Chinese, 1269–1354)

Seeds and Aleurities Cordata (?): Page from The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting (Jieziyuan huazhuan)

After a painting by Dao Cheng (Chinese, Ming dynasty) Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Hongren (Chinese, 1610–1664)

High Snow Peaks (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)

Original painted by Huang Guzu (Chinese, active ca. 900–960)

Narrow Valley (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)

Original painted by Li Gonglin (Chinese, ca. 1041–1106)

Standing Buddha

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Kingfisher, Cicada, and Willow Tree

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Children at Play in a Garden

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Children at Play in a Garden

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)