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Shanghai Style Boxwood Carving

Shanghai style boxwood carvings(海派黄杨木雕) are Han Chinese traditional art of woodcarving. It has a long history in China. As the boxwood carvings have close, tough wood carving which is an ideal material, so there is the saying of the "wood in ivory". Boxwood carvings of Shanghai initially formed in in the 1930s in Shanghai Xuhui District.

After the initial formation, style formation, style of maturity and peak, inheritance and development phase, the development of boxwood carving has formed a mature Shanghai carving art style, superb carving skills, distinctive artistic features and artistic value, fully embodies the excellence and artistic talent and creativity of the working people of the Han.

In the 1930s, since the opening of Shanghai, Shanghai Xuhui District was the French Concession area where there was multi-cultural and artistic exchange in this mix. Xuhui district Tushanwan area had hospital orphan technology school run by foreigners, training a group of artistic talent, founder of Shanghai boxwood carvings – Xu Baoqing, is one of the outstanding representatives. Xu Baoqing form a complete system of Shanghai Art boxwood carvings after 70 years of artistic development for the art of wood carving which has become a unique artistic vision and artistic style of woodcarving factions.

Shanghai style boxwood carvings are characterized by Western integration-- the Western sketch techniques, line performance and sculpture techniques-- and Han Chinese traditional carving techniques combined, inherit from tradition and bold innovation, to form rounded crisp carving techniques and focus on concise blade, use three-dimensional way to create vivid works.

It involves a wide range of life and ethnic factors, get rid of the traditional western religious themes carving, vividly show Han Chinese traditional historical allusions, folk tales and legends, traditional moral character and story, literary works and characters, the traditional auspicious patterns, traditional folk games, folk art, rural subjects and themes such as animals, emphasizes vivid and lifelike, capturing life's most clever moments, be artistic performance.

Shanghai style wood carving art concentrate the Han ethnic elements and cultural heritage, has a high cultural value, artistic value, aesthetic and social values. It is a sculptor takes time to hone and carve cultural enrichment of the arts and need for more talented people to inherit the Shanghai culture tradition and excellent Everbrite promote national culture.

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