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Chinese Painting

Chinese paintings includes flowers and birds, landscape, figure paintings and so forth. Through brief introduction and appreciation of masterpieces, hope you will acquire a fundamental knowledge of the historical development and theoretical issues of Chinese painting. You will learn the basic technique of different brush works, through which you will understand the creative process of Chinese painting, and they will be encouraged to create your own works through the application of the technique and attempt to reform this traditional art form.

Four Gentlemen

The four gentlemen refer to the orchid, the bamboo, the chrysanthemum, and the plum blossom; they are metaphors of the gentleman with moral integrity.

Aquatic Life-Fishes

Artists used to make use of this painting topic to show their enthusiasm for ideal life.

Lotus and Coloring

Lotus represents a gentleman who stands out from the crowd. Painting styles and history of lotus painting will be favored. A contemporary artist Zhang Daqian has developed several new techniques in depicting the lotus.

Landscape

The ancient painters created a landscape painting in different ways, including modeling masterpieces, sketching and traveling to give expression of emotion to maintain and water to pursue lofty and independent personality.

When comes to traditional Chinese painting, it generally refers to China’s traditional art with unique national characteristics, which uses brush, ink stick, ink slab, paper and pigment to depict both realistic and imaginary Objects. It has many categories; including scroll painting, mural painting, New-Year pictures, engraving painting and so forth.

Chinese paintings don’t have a strict art category and is not a scientific conception. According to different tools and materials, it can be categorized into ink-wash painting and color-ink paintings, just like oil paintings, water-color paintings, engraving paintings and gouache paintings equally. With different usage, Chinese paintings can be classified into mural painting, serial pictures, New-Year pictures and illustration. Due to different themes, we can sort out Chinese paintnigs into figure paintnigs and landscape paintnigs. With its unique technique and style, it forms an independent art in the world, on a par with oil paintings in the West. As a whole, traditional Chinese paintings pays great attention to presentings the essence of objects, stressing the beauty of form and requiring pictures to capture both spirit and form and to be replete with vitality and rhythm, which greatly represents the trend of development of traditional Chinese paintnigs and a defining core value of China’s cultural tradition. It is an ideal that the Chinese nation has unremittingly pursued and an important component part of Oriental paintings.