Confucius, Chinese School / Private Collection / Peter Newark Pictures / The Bridgeman Art Library
This image is part of the Chinese School collection, which features delicate imagery, subtlety and strength. China’s many ruling dynasties, and its three primary religions, have powerfully impacted the country’s artistic styles and subjects. Nature is also a popular theme, and many critics consider landscape the highest form of Chinese painting. Until artists began using oil paint in the 20th century, most worked in calligraphy or watercolors on silk or paper. China is now the world’s third largest art market, and one of the international art market’s most dynamic countries.