Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

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

Visions of Cathay

January 26 - March 4, 2011
Open daily 12pm - 4pm except Monday

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