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Sharing the Beauty of China: Chinese Painting (English Edition)

Author:Lin Ci

Publication date:2018-08-01

ISBN:9787508540160

Language:English

Abstract:

Traditional Chinese painting was fundamentally an abstract art form. Although there were no absolute abstract Chinese paintings in its original meaning, objects in a painting were not a direct copy of the nature world following the principle of perspective. It was rather a combination or harmony bet...
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Traditional Chinese painting was fundamentally an abstract art form. Although there were no absolute abstract Chinese paintings in its original meaning, objects in a painting were not a direct copy of the nature world following the principle of perspective. It was rather a combination or harmony between the nature world and human emotion, a product of “heaven (nature) and human”. The effect Chinese painters would like to illustrate in their paintings was not a visual effect of colors and patterns as their Western counterparts would like to achieve. The description of objects in their paintings was no means accurate and few concerned about such factors as colors, principle of perspective, anatomy, surface feel, and relative size. What they would like to achieve was a world in their mind of non materials. The nature world was not an object for them to make a true copy and it was rather elements for them to build their own world.

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  • Cover

    1
  • Titlepage

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  • Contents

    3
  • Author Introduction

    4
  • Foreword

    5
  • From Gu Kaizhi to Wu Daozi

    6
  • Desert Treasures

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  • Lucid Mountains and Remote Streams

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  • Scholar Paintings

    9
  • Modern Chinese Paintings

    10
  • Appendix: Chronological Table of the Chinese Dynasties

    11
  • Copyright

    12
  • Backcover

    13

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