Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Metropolitan museum exhibit'Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting: Xie Zhiliu (1910-1997)'

'Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting: Xie Zhiliu (1910-1997)'
exhibits makes the most common precept in learning extremely clear that it is practice Practice practice.When not sure practice more.

This is a unique exhibit which shows Mr Xie Zhiliu practicing and tracing master works of great artists and learning from it.Technique had to be learned and like the saying goes it takes 5000 to 10000 hours to master any subject.For an artist just to learn the basic technic must take several thousand hours.

Other than a quick start from born ability those hours are needed to learn the technic from the masters by copying their works .We are lucky that his practice work is preserved to increase our knowledge.Mr Xie(pronouncd shay) traced masters works for practice and he even traced his own works to create a continuity in his worksand to developmotifs and larger pieces of works.

Xie was unusual in that he saved his drawings. Sarah Shay, his daughter, inherited them and recently gave the collection of more than 250 works to the Met.

Now this exhibit just to remind us mastery is Practice practice and more practice.

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