Nov 092014
Manet and Pre-Raphaelites: French and British modernism

32   0During the active years of Édouard Manet (1832-1883) and the impressionists after him in France;  the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1848) and William Morris (1834–96) in Britain, the Industrial Revolution had spread across Europe. The impact of the Industrial Revolution was far-reaching. Mechanised production processes, the invention of machines to replace labour, the development of mass […]

Oct 192014
Face to face with John Byrne

20   0Review of Sitting Ducks by John Byrne Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, until Sun 19 Oct **** John Byrne is a rebel. Instead of joining the quest as the most eligible nominee from the Glasgow School of Art, where he graduated, for the Turner Prize, John embraces portrait, the subject matter modernist artists turned […]

Jul 032011
Heidi, her years of wandering and learning; a story for children and those who love children

22   0 Heidi, her years of wandering and learning; a story for children and those who love children was written by Swiss author Johanna Spyri (12 June 1827 – 7 July 1901) in 1880. The book is about a little girl Heidi, who lost her parents and was taken under the care of Aunt Dete. […]

Jul 252010
The Top 10 Chinese Masterpiece Paintings

25   2The Top 10 Chinese Masterpiece Chinese Paintings Chinese paintings use ink, brush and colour pigment to draw on silk or rice paper. This is very different to the Western paintings. During the Beijing Olympics ceremonies in 2008, you probably have seen the breath-taking scenes of opening a scroll of pictures. I have no doubt […]

Jun 272010
Some interesting cutural differences between East and West

55   9 Understanding of Chinese/Asian culture vs. Western… This is an interesting resesarch. Many people know the fundamental cultural differences between the East and the West but fail to articulate. I was forwarded this brilliant visual presentation of Asian culture vs. Western culture. Since Chinese is a dominate race in Asia, I must say that this reflects […]

Jun 152009

10   0Tips on China’s Culture One quarter of the population on this earth are Chinese. Just in China alone, there are 1.3 billion people. As I am writing, how many more are born? It is impossible to generalize the tactics to deal with different Chinese people. Here I am sharing with you some of my […]