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Artistic Charm of Inside Painting

Started in Jiangqing Years in Qing Dynasty, Inside Painting has covered a history of nearly two hundred years. Inside Painting firstly began in snuff bottle and was reputed as a “uncanny workmanship” for its rich and multifarious materials, tiny structure, exquisite skills and excellent brushworks.

With hundred years development and evolution and the constant efforts of old artists and continuous innovation of modern inside painting masters, inside painting nowadays has overall succeeded Chinese wide and profound artistic intension and is with its own unique national styles, besides, it absorb the functional presentation technology of realistic, bright and shadow, color and light of western oil painting. All these elements enable inside painting dark artistic charms and infectivity, making it another kind of art.

Inside painting nowadays is resplendent and glorious, not only the subject matters and painting skills are widened, the creation has developed from snuff bottle to floor screens, vases, teapots and so on, and inside painting fine works with national features and individual exclusive styles appear, which enrich our cultural treasury.

In June 2006, inside painting was elected as “the first Chinese intangible culture heritage” and in December 2006, it won the “World Outstanding Manual Artworks Badge Authentication” certificate granted by the UNESCO.

Following aspects are mainly presented concerning display techniques:

Most inside paintings are made on containers with small mouth but big stomach (such as snuff bottles, etc). In order to make as thin as hair and vivid works in the inside wall less than 5mm, the painter must be totally attentive and complete the painting only by the tiny movement of fingers, even a little mistake will bring big difference. It is the first difficulty in inside painting.

While carrying out inside painting, the painter has to look positively but paint reversely. Looking after cut the snuff bottles, the inside painting is entirely different from looked at outside, and the painting procedures are different from that of outside painting.

Inside wall where the inside painting is carried out should be dull polished before in order that the color can be fixed in the transparent inside wall and the inside and outside paintings don’t disturb each other. At this time, the as-fine-as-hair hook pen reaches into the inside bottle and the pen end is hardly seen, the painter is nearly painting blindly. And then if you want an exquisite art, firstly, a thoroughly tempered skill is needed and secondly, a sound judgment is needed to accurately paint all the expected effects.

While coloring, the line drawn on crystals are not so fast as that on paper and even a little mistake will result in the wet colors make the lines damaged or wetted and then the fluency of line painting will be impaired and thus the perfection of the art will be affected. Thus, how to properly control color density and how to accurately use proper strength while dying in inside painting is much more difficult than those of outside painting.

General paintings and calligraphy can be kept for hundreds years but inside painting works can be kept for thousand years. Inside painting nowadays as a unique Chinese art, is reputed as Essence of Oriental Arts and painters need to practice tens of years before obtain some achievements.

Process Flow Diagram

Choosing material—design—cogging—molding---punching---hollow out—fine grinding—polish—dull polish of inside wall—inside painting—matching covers—packing.

As the crafts representative of Qing dynasty, snuff bottle reached its perfection in Qianlong Years. All materials known by nobles, including crystal, ceramic, jades, glasses, bamboo, teeth, metal enamels, are all shown in this art. Snuff bottles today is the valuable collection focused by all people in arts field.

 

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