Ku Kai-Chih

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Ku K’ai-Chih


Born circa 344, in Wuhsi; died circa 406. Chinese painter and artistic theoretician; associated with Confucianism.

Ku’s scrolls consist of separate didactic genre scenes, often against a landscape background. Movement, conveyed by flowing lines, links elegantly traced figures in expressive groups. Among his major works are Instruction of the Ladies of the Court, which consists of nine genre scenes (sixth-century copy in the British Museum, London), and the cycle Legend of the Fairy of the Lo River(tenth- and 1 lth-century copies in the Kukung Museum, Peking).


P’an T’ien-shou. Ku K’ai-chih. Shanghai, 1958. (In Chinese.)
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