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Visions of Cathay

This exhibition runs Wednesday, January 26, 2011 through Friday, March 4, 2011

Visions of Cathay

Acrobats in a Park, South China nineteenth century, gouache and watercolor on pith paper

These exquisite paintings catch China as Europeans idealized it in the late nineteenth century: elegant home life, Qing imperial troops performing martial arts in their colorful uniforms, acrobats and gem-like paintings of fish, animals and birds. The delicacy and brilliance of the paintings is stunning, like a perfect dream of a far-off Cathay.

Gallery Talk by curator Patrick Dowdey

Wednesday, January 26, Noon