Peijing

by Alessandro Gho August. 26, 2007 8941 views

Penjing is the ancient Chinese art of creating a miniature landscape in a container. The word consists in pen (pot) and jing (scenery). An artist may use plant material and natural stone for her/his creation, but even a single miniature tree can make up a beautiful composition.

History

Penjing as an art form spans over a thousand years. Earliest historical records of a stone and a plant arranged in a container to form an artistic scenery date from the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

Peijing’s goals

The Penjing artist's goal is not only to re-create a natural scenery in a container, but to capture its essence and spirit. Like a Chinese landscape painting, a penjing is a study in contrasts. Artistically, the contrasts create rhythm and dramatic tension which then is resolved in a dynamic balance, a delicately tuned equilibrium.

Penjing artists do not seek to create perfection. Apart from being beautiful, an outstanding Penjing must look entirely natural. It should look as if Nature herself had spontaneously created it, like a marvellous accident.

Peijing vs. Bonsai

The art of creating miniature trees reached Japan by the 13th century. Where gave life to the art of Bonsai. Over time, this art slowly began to adapt a more naturalistic style; while even rock landscapes that lack plant materials are considered Penjing.

Spiritual aspect

Penjing and Bonsai are viewed as objects of meditation. The act of creating Penjing is a contemplative, meditative exercise, a practice of Zen. The little trees and miniature landscapes are a celebration of Nature. Creating and taking care of miniatue trees will brings closer to nature, enabling the artist to experience her in a more direct, intimate way.



Fonts and in-depths:
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Chuhin Bonsai Ficuses (Empark Grand Hotel, Beijing, China)

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Ciprian Pantazi 13 years, 1 month ago

very interesting explications, wonderfull fotos, delicious blog. thank you.

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Demjã©N Anna 13 years, 4 months ago

beautiful set.. i used to have a bonsai, but it died.. i was really sad..

13 years, 4 months ago Edited
D S 13 years, 7 months ago

great set.

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sandra 13 years, 7 months ago

thanks for sharing... excellent execution

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jendayee 13 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the informations ! very interesting set !

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jorge Cardoso 13 years, 7 months ago

excellent blog entry... I learned a lot and about things i like!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jack 13 years, 7 months ago

the soft back-lighting and presenting them as near silhouettes works beautifully.

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Krishna 13 years, 7 months ago

Bonsai's at their best! Cool!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Shengli Chen 13 years, 7 months ago

great!!!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
David Cardona 13 years, 7 months ago

A wonderful post! Thanks for sharing!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Wella Godin 13 years, 7 months ago

nice...thanks for sharing...

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Tim 13 years, 7 months ago

Art everywhere, great set!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laszlo 13 years, 7 months ago

gyönyörü!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Dominique 13 years, 7 months ago

zen atmosphere, I like a lot, bravo!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jennifer Patience 13 years, 7 months ago

One would be interesting, but to have six together makes for a stronger impression. Lovely

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Charles Stirton 13 years, 7 months ago

Fascinating. I knew of bonsai but not peijing.

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Chris 13 years, 7 months ago

nice tree :) good idea ~!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Scribe 13 years, 7 months ago

Zen sational shots :)

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Paula 13 years, 7 months ago

Great.
The scene is amazing, and this lovely table...

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lisa 13 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful set. They are exquisite in their forms.

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Abe Jackson 13 years, 7 months ago

Very informative and beautiful shots

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Miclaud 13 years, 7 months ago

Magnificent!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Irena Frã¶Hlichovã¡ 13 years, 7 months ago

Gorgeous.

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Chris 13 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful set

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
K C Ng 13 years, 7 months ago

Very nice shots :))

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Fionarobinson 13 years, 7 months ago

very pretty

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Storytaylor 13 years, 7 months ago

a splendid specimen with remarkable detail. I love it

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Gary 13 years, 7 months ago

Wao.....Bonzai is the famous art in China but Japan also do very good.

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Txerra Cirbian 13 years, 7 months ago

Minimalismo en toda la extensión de la palabra: modelo, lugar y luz (Minimalism in all aspects)

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Ursula 13 years, 7 months ago

like wallpaper:)

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
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