Page from Shi Zhu Zhai (Chestnuts)

by Hu Zhengyan

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Artist Statement

Chestnuts was one of 320 prints included in Shi Zhu Zhai (or The Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Painting and Calligraphy) was Hu’s most famous body of work. Serving as an artist’s primer and painting manual, Shi Zhu Zhai was published in 1633 and remained in print for over 200 years. The tome was the first example of a both categorical and analytical approach to Chinese painting and printing techniques.

Why We Love It

This delicately detailed block print is a subtly stunning memento of everything we love about winter. Exposed winding branches support a trio of tufty fruit with snowflake-like spines awash in a serene neutral palate. And scattered below, those tasty, tawny, toasted treats: chestnuts.

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches and maximum of 2.5” to allow for framing.

Medium:

Museo PR

Edition Structure:

8"x10" | edition of 10
11"x14" | edition of 150
16"x20" | edition of 25
20"x24" | edition of 10

Hu Zhengyan

Born in Anhui Province, Hu Zhengyan moved to Nanjing in 1619 and established the Ten Bamboo Studio, which served not only as an academic publishing house but also as a meeting place for like-minded artists. Located just to the north of the National Academy in Nanjing, the Ten Bamboo Studio catered heavily to the academic market, producing countless academic and medical texts and primers like the Shi Zhu Zhai. These were some of China’s first publications printed in color, using a technique called assorted block printing. This method was lengthy, painstaking work, often requiring over thirty different blocks and up... Read More
to seventy impressions to create a single image. The results, however, were breathtaking.
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