Eminent Buddhist figure painter exhibits in Beijing

Updated 2018-07-31 14:53:55

Visitors appreciate Xia Jingshan's paintings at the National Museum of China.

Shandong-born artist Xia Jingshan, 95, has gained prominence at home and among overseas Chinese for his ink paintings of Buddhist figures and for sponsoring renovations at several historic Buddhist temples across China.

Throughout decades of residence, first in China's Taiwan province and then the United States, Xia perfected a style in which he inherited the refinement and elegance of Taoist and Buddhist figure paintings from the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties.

An ongoing exhibition at the National Museum of China through Aug 11 reviews Xia's creations by showing his paintings and calligraphic works.

A boy gazes at a Xia Jingshan painting at the National Museum of China.

Artist Xia Jingshan's works are on show at the National Museum of China. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A painting of Guanyin (a Bodhisattva) with red bamboo is by Xia Jingshan. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A painting of Zhong Kui, a man who can catchghosts, according to folklore, is by Xia Jingshan. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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