|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
| Ch:Tangzi You. A painting subject of Chinese children
at play. The theme has two types: in the first children play with the pot-bellied
eccentric Budai (Jp: *Hotei 布袋);
in the second they frolic in a court garden. The children typically play games
such as hide-and-seek or tag, but sometimes are depicted in adult activities such
as the four accomplishments *kinki
shoga 琴棋書画. In China, the subject was a favorite of Song Academy painters.
In Japan, the theme often was rendered by Kanou school *Kanouha
狩野派 artists. Later, it was parodied by *ukiyo-e
浮世絵 artists, notably Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木春信 (1725-70) and Torii Kiyonaga 鳥居清長 (1752-1815).
The subject is also used for ceramic and lacquer designs.
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