Traditional Arts

Yangliuqing Spring Festival picture

Updated: 2022-03-16


Yangliuqing Spring Festival picture, also known as Yangliuqing Spring Festival woodblock picture, is a type of woodcut painted product. It enjoys a high reputation in the folk field of China, and stands side by side with the Peach Blossom Workshop in Suzhou. It appeared during the Chongzhen period in the Ming dynasty and hit its climax in the Yongzheng, Qianlong to the beginning of Guangxu period in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). 

Its production involves the following process: lines are first carved on a wood block, and then marked on papers with ink. After two to three times of monochrome, it's painted with with colors before going through a series of manual steps such as outlining, carving, brushing, painting, mounting, etc. 

Yangliuqing woodcut pictures are characterized by fine brushstrokes, beautiful characters, bright colors, rich contents, various forms, peaceful atmosphere, humorous plots, and interesting inscriptions. 

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