Peking Opera, Self-Portrait

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Object Details

Title:

Peking Opera, Self-Portrait

Artist/Maker:

Liu, Zheng (Chinese, born 1969)

Culture:

Chinese

Place:

Beijing, People's Republic of China (Place created)

Date:

negative 1997; print 2005

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

37.1 × 37 cm (14 5/8 × 14 9/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Liu Zheng

Credit Line:

Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson

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Three figures, dressed in traditional Chinese garments, sit and stand in an interior setting. A crowned female figure sits atop a chair at center, a man at left whispering into her ear as a woman holding a fan stands at right. The photograph references an episode taken from 'Journey to the West' (Xi You Ji), a Ming Dynasty novel considered to be one of the Four Great Classical Novels (Sida mingzhu) of Chinese literature.

Exhibitions
Photography from The New China (December 7, 2010 to April 24, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 7, 2010 to April 24, 2011