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The Wenbu People of Tibet (西藏文部人)

A work made of woodcut print; oil-based ink on paper.

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  • A work made of woodcut print; oil-based ink on paper.




Wang Bing 王兵
Chinese, born 1961

About this artwork

Woodblock printing on paper emerged in China around the seventh century as a way to preserve and copy Buddhist texts. Since that time, printmakers in East Asia have refined the technique by experimenting with color, size, and ways of bringing the ink and paper into contact with the block.

Today, Chinese artists employ this time-honored medium to depict everything from landscapes to abstract forms. They also use different types of pigments to create varying degrees of opacity. This work comes from a portfolio that was commissioned in 1999 by the Muban Foundation in London to recognize the achievements of Chinese printmakers. This work demonstrates the woodblock print’s potential to connect the visual worlds of traditional and contemporary China.


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Arts of Asia


Wang Bing


The Wenbu People of Tibet (西藏文部人)


China (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1998


Woodcut print; oil-based ink on paper


34.9 × 43.4 cm (13 3/4 × 17 1/8 in.)

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Margaret Gentles Fund

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