10 Mar 2015 to 27 Sep 2015

Ashmolean Museum,University of Oxford

At the beginning of the 20th century, the palace retainers of China’s Empress Dowager Cixi included a ‘ghost painter’. This accomplished female artist was tasked with producing paintings in the Empress’s name, and only rarely signed her own works.

This exhibition begins with one of her paintings and goes on to document the emergence through the 20th century of female painters as independent artists with their own incomes, ateliers and international reputations.

Image: Miao Jiahui (1841?1918), Bouquet of peonies, 1891–1908. Ink and watercolour on paper. The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection.

Gallery 11 | Admission Free

“Opens: 10am–5pm Tues–Sun & Bank Holiday Mon.” Exhibitions: Details. Ashmolean Museum, n.d. Web. 11 May 2015. <http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/details/?exh=112>.