Christensen Fellow in Chinese Painting, Eastern Art Department

Paul Bevan


Research summary
I am the Christensen Fellow in Chinese Painting, in the Eastern Art Department, where my responsibilities are to undertake new research in the field of Chinese painting with reference to the Ashmolean collection and to catalogue and upload the results onto the Museum+ database. I prepare displays in the Chinese Painting, and the Eastern Art Print Gallery, give gallery talks and lectures, provide supervision of students and scholars visiting the Eastern Art Study Rooms, and co-organise study days and symposiums.

I have taught modern Chinese literature and history at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and SOAS. My primary research interests concern aspects of the impact of Western art and literature on China during the Republican Period (1912-1949). My research on Western artists George Grosz, Frans Masereel, and Miguel Covarrubias, all of whom worked for the magazine Vanity Fair, has resulted in extensive research on both Chinese and Western pictorial magazines. My first book A Modern Miscellany - Shanghai Cartoon Artists, Shao Xunmei’s Circle and the Travels of Jack Chen, 1926-1938, Leiden: Brill, 2015, was hailed as “a major contribution to modern Chinese studies”; my second book: “Intoxicating Shanghai”: Modern Art and Literature in Pictorial Magazines during Shanghai’s Jazz Age, is currently in preparation.

Reviews of A Modern Miscellany

Featured Publications

2015 A Modern Miscellany - Shanghai Cartoon Artists, Shao Xunmei’s Circle and the Travels of Jack Chen, 1926-1938. Brill, Leiden, 2015
Forthcoming: ‘Intoxicating Shanghai’: Modern Art and Literature in Pictorial Magazines during Shanghai’s Jazz Age

Articles in Books
2017 Hyvän onnen symbolit kiinalaisessa Taiteessa (Auspicious Symbols and Motifs in Chinese Art) in Mary Ginsberg and Marjo-Riitta Saloniemi (eds.): Kielletty kaupunki: Elämää Kiinan Keisarien Hovissa (The Forbidden City: Life in the Court of Chinese Emperors) (Tampere: Vapriikkipp, 2017) - catalogue for an exhibition of eighteenth-century objects from the Palace Museum, Beijing, at the Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland

Journal Articles 
Forthcoming: Miguel Covarrubias and the Impact of his Work on the Artists of Shanghai in Anales, the Journal of the Institute of Aesthetic Investigations of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas)
Forthcoming: The Guizhou Auto Dollar in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
Forthcoming: The Qianlong Emperor’s English Clocks: to China and Back - Baubles, Bells and Booty in Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society
2016 Two Silk Embroideries in the Ashmolean Museum in Asian Textiles: Magazine of the Oxford Asian Textile Group, no. 63 (February 2016), pp. 2-6

Forthcoming: ‘Comparative Research on the Work of Shen Congwen and Nakagami Kenji’ by Shiroya Takeo 城谷武男 in The Routledge Companion to Shen Congwen
2016 Translation of inscriptions on objects in the Royal Collection for John Ayres: Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen. London: Royal Collection Trust

Blog posts and online magazines
2016 Eastern Art Pure Land: Images of Immortals in Chinese Art. Ashmolean Museum
2016 The Pagoda Clock at Anglesey Abbey. Project Report: British Inter-university China Centre (BICC) Cultural Engagement Postdoctoral Fellowship
2016 Tracing the Chinese Origins of Two Automata Clocks from Anglesey Abbey in National Trust, ABC Bulletin, Autumn Issue 2016, pp. 3-4
2015 Classical Music in the Jazz Age Edison Visiting Fellow at the British Library

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