A collection of paintings featuring domestic life during the Qing Dynasty in the mainland is now on display. The exhibition portrays Chinese women in the 19th century and provides viewers with an opportunity to admire a variety of images in different styles created by Chinese and Western artists. Entitled Leisure Pursuits: Paintings of Qing Dynasty Women, the exhibition in the Historical Pictures Gallery of the Hong Kong Museum of Art comprises 23 paintings. These demonstrated that Chinese artists followed the traditional style when it came to creating women on the canvas. Most of the women have stylised facial features and are depicted as quiet, gentle people. Even then, women wanted to be slim. The Empress of China painting by Chinese artist Tingqua maintains this aesthetic standard, with the woman dressed in loose clothes, wearing a calm expression. In contrast, Western artists devoted much effort to capture their subjects' movements, personalities and emotions in their paintings. The sensuous female figures in paintings such as Dame Chinoise by French artist Deveria show how the Europeans projected their ideal images of Qing women on the canvas. A free pamphlet which will give visitors a better understanding of the paintings is available at the gallery. The exhibition will run until the end of the year. The Museum of Art is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily, except Thursday, and from 1 pm to 6 pm on Sundays and public holidays. The admission fee is $10, with half-price concessions for senior citizens, full-time students and people with disabilities. Admission on Wednesday is free. For inquiries, call 2721-0116.