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Subject/Keyword
the Wu School
orchid painting
courtesan artist
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Yang, Li
Supervisor and department
Walter, Davis (Art and Design)
Examining committee member and department
Jennifer, Jay (History and Classics)
Jenn-Shann, Lin (East Asian Studies)
Department
Department of East Asian Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-09-29T15:17:33Z
Graduation date
2010-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Ma Shouzhen (1548-1604), one of the most acclaimed courtesans at the Qinhuai pleasure quarters in the late-Ming period, is well-known for her orchid paintings in Chinese art history. This thesis explores the courtesan-painter’s success in the courtesan world and in the male-dominated history of Chinese art, with its focus upon the artistic interactions between Ma Shouzhen and her lifelong lover Wang Zhideng (1535-1612), an exponent of the Wu School literati painting. This thesis argues that it was Wang Zhideng in particular who played a crucial role in constructing the courtesan’s image and position in history. Through Wang Zhideng’s interventions, Ma Shouzhen played an intermediary role in the dissemination of art theory advocated by the Wu School artists. The acceptance and popularity of Ma Shouzhen’s orchid works in the history of Chinese painting mirrors the prominent position of the Wu School in this field.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R30M2T
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