Ep 9 – Learning how to Paint from Daoism | Interview with Cheng Wu | The Cave of Apelles

Watch Jan-Ove Tuv’s conversation with the Chinese portrait painter Cheng Wu. Wu talks about his experience of coming to Europe and being told at a French art academy that his work was too traditional. He also touches on the extraordinary situation for classical figurative painting in China, as well as Li Cheng and the golden age of Chinese painting in the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD).
Wu argues for an eternal mindset and Daoism — through the teachings of Lao Tzu and Zhuangzi — as a philosophic solution for painters.

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Cave of Apelles Nerdrum School: Classical Painting in China, Cheng Wu

This episode was produced by Bork S. Nerdrum, assisted by Sebastian Salvo and Nic Thurman.
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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"