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Aunt Gongsun

Aunt Gongsun was a famous dancer during Tang emperor Xuanzhong reign (713AD). She was a distinguished artist in the imperial palace. Possessing an excellent voice and agile in her dance steps, Madame Gongsun was also a martial art expert especially for her swordplay dance.

During the Tang Dynasty, swordplay dance was the most popular of all dances. Numerous famous poets had written poems in praise of Madame Gongsun for the smooth rhythm of her swift and stunning strokes as well as her skilful and intriguing steps. It has been chronicled that at least two renowned Tang calligraphers, Zhang Yu and Monk Huisu, had witnessed Madame Gongsun performed, and from her movements the two derived the sweeping and running strokes in their calligraphic works.

Women were, historically, appreciated for their the tenderness and gentle manners. The dance steps of Madame Gongsun demonstrated a perfect combination of the strength of Yang (male) and the tenderness of Yin (female). Her performance was respected by her male counterparts and that has enriched the characteristics of females as well. The unique way how that two Tang calligraphers drawing inspirations from the dancer steps and establishing a linkage between the two artistic expressions is, in fact, a fine example to illustrate a mode of thinking in Chinese culture.

 





AUNT
GONG SUN

設色紙本
INK & COLOUR
ON PAPER

184.5 X 189 cm , 1997