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  Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen and the Revival of the Encampment Style
By: David Jackson

Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen


 
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Format: Paperback, 10 x 11 inch
ISBN: 9780977213139
Publication Date: 2009

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The Collection of the Rubin Museum of Art is extraordinarily rich in paintings created in the style known as Karma Gardri, or Encampment Style. The noted scholar David Jackson examines these paintings and related works from collections around the world to identify the subjects and date the works and, in many cases to name the painter or patron responsible for the works. Most notable among patrons and painters of this style is Situ Panchen, who lived in the 18th century in Kham Province of eastern Tibet. Highly educated and widely traveled, Situ was accomplished in numerous areas of endeavor. He was a holy man, painter, linguist, diplomat, and he was learned in the field of medicine. As he traveled between eastern Tibet and China, he kept dairies, which have helped Jackson and fellow scholar Karl Debreczeny reveal the life and times of Situ and illuminate his singular contribution to the artistic traditions of Tibetan painting.

The Karma Gardri style of painting revived by Situ is considered by some to be a veritable rebirth of Tibetan painting. It is clear, precise, and spacious, with marked Chinese influence evident in the use of pastel colors and prominent stylized features of landscape. Since 1994 more then a dozen major sets commissioned by Situ or his circle have been identified, and more continue to turn up, both in Kham and outside Tibet.

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