The painting captures the daily life of people from the Song period at thecapital, Pien Jing (today's Kaifeng). The theme celebrates Ching Ming Festival (Qingming Festival).
The entire piece was painted in handscroll format and the content reveals the lifestyle of all stratum of the society (from rich to poor) as well as different economic activities in rural areas and the city. It offers glimpse of the custumes and architecture during the period. As an artistic creation, the piece has been well revered and over the centuries, court artists of subsequent dynasties have reproduced several versions. Each version reflects not only the painting style but also life and appearances of the period it was made. This version represents a collaboration by five court painters (Ch'en Mei, Sun Hu, Chih K' un, Tai Hung, and Ch'en Chih-tao) and was finished in 1736.
The lively activities include a theatrical performance, monkey show, acrobatics, and a martial arts ring to lend a festive air to the scenery. Brilliantly colored and characterized by sure, fine brushwork, this represents a fine example of Ch'ing court painting. The style also reflects the influence of Western painting techniques, popular at the court then. The buildings and streets, for example, were rendered with Western-style perspective, and even some Western-influenced architecture appears. The bridge and buildings are depicted in the ruled-line method ("chieh-hua"), and the figures are also exquisitely detailed.The item "Chinese Ancient Painting Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival Copy Version" is in sale since Monday, February 10, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Paintings & Scrolls". The seller is "internationalbridge" and is located in Shanghai. This item can be shipped worldwide.