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Liang Ping New Year paintings

Liang Ping New Year paintings

The Liangping New Year Wood print is one of "Three Treasures" of fine folk arts in Liangping, Chongqing Municipality, together with the bamboo curtain and the lantern opera. It has a history of about 300 years.

Liangping New Year wood prints fall into three categories according to content, that include, door-gods, myths and legends, and opera stories. It not only adopted traditional watermark techniques of New Year wood print and the Chuan-style (Sichuan) carving, but also incorporate the engraving and chromatography techniques of the Hui and Jinling styles and the scenery of Western painting. The simple and primitive composition, with exaggerated expressions, and strong color contrast make Liangping New Year wood prints hard to forget.

As early as the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the Liangping New Year wood prints were exported to Southeast Asian countries. The works have been treasured by various museums in the U.S. and France since the 1930s. In the late twentieth century, many painting albums collected traditional Liangping New Year wood prints. However, modern life style had an impact on the folk custom. Thus, the Liangping New Year wood prints is losing its significance along with the fact that some artists are dying, the technique of the Liangping New Year wood prints could potentially de with them. We are in a badly need to save and protect this traditional art.