Landscapes of ancient Asia

The following gallery focuses on the many landscape pieces that are quite abundant in the art culture of ancient Asia. Asian artists at the time were very intrigued by the many natural, luxurious views the land had to offer. Some of this art also contains religious messages because they were known as people of faith. I hope you enjoy the different works displayed in this gallery. 

I believe that this piece holds a strong religious story. The man on the left seems to be dressed extravagantly, perhaps he is a religious or political leader. There is a person stuck on the ground with a strong look of despair while a woman is floating towards the sacred man on the left. There is also a mysterious dragon like figure hovering a cloud exhaling out smoke. All characters floating above ground are dressed in colors and the one stuck on the ground lacks any bright color. I feel this was intentional to show that the one that cannot float is unholy and unworthy to experience the spiritual world.
Here we have a painting of Acarya Bhavaviveka, a well respected teacher of Buddhism converting a nonbeliever. Acarya is the figure with a pointed hat on his head and the nonbeliever is on the right with long hair. This is all taking place in the mountains of China. The background contains beautiful scenery of hills, vegetation, and waterfalls.
This is another classic Chinese ink piece. The lack of color availability means this style of drawing relies solely on shading and value ranges in order to create all the different dynamics present in the scene. Liu Jue used a lot of loose pen strokes to create the texture of the many hills. The darker spots of ink represent the vegetation and leaves on trees.
Shen Zhou relies heavily on brush strokes to create the rocks and hills that are present in the foreground of this piece. The darker, shorter brush strokes are the leaves in the trees. This is one of the few times Zhou was known to place characters inside his art. I feel there could have been better use of value on the body of water in front of the village. The boats are the only hints that show this is a creek.
This type of ink landscaping is a perfect example of Asian art. So much detail is achieved by fully utilizing the range of values from dark to light. This technique allows us to visualize all the peaks, shadows, and crevices in the mountains. We can also tell there is snow on the ground and on the pier in the bottom left corner. Some of the trees have leaves growing back and some are still empty from the winter weather. There isn't much sign of movement in the river but there are boats floating so it has already thawed out.
This watercolor painting depicts a couple schemes Bikaner maharaja Anup Singh used in order to capture live elephants. The forgeround contains a captured elephant tied to a tree to lure the herd playing in the pond. The artist responsible for this piece shows great technique in creating space and depth. You can tell the people at the back of the painting are clearly far away from the elephants present in the foreground.
This is the last example of a Chinese, ink on paper landscape. This is a sketch of the island of Caishi. There isn't much use of shading or any dark values except for the branches and leaves growing off the mountain. There is a small gathering of people around some sort of undisclosed monument. Much of this piece can be left up to interpretation because there is a lot of blank space left on the paper.
Here we have a sunset over the Tomb of Sher Shah located in the town Sasaram, state of Bihar, India. This monument is also known as the second Taj Mahal. This scene seems like a piece paradise. The vivid colors create such a sense of realism that it seems like a photograph at first glance. The blend from yellow to blue sky represents the visual effect of the sunset perfectly. The reflections coming from the tomb's dome and the lake help tell the story accurately.
This is a sky view of the Sumida River. To the left is the famous mount Fuji overlooking the entire landscape. Underneath the fog there are a few patches of trees and villages. I really enjoy the point of view that Tani Buncho chose to display this entire landscape. It seems as if you are on the edge of a mountain looking down on this beautiful river. The ripples in the water show that the river was being used frequently to travel by boat.
Now we move onto Japanese landscape art. This piece focuses heavily on the vast amount of vegetation growing from the mountain. The clouds at the bottom reveal that this village was located at a very high point on the mountain. This view must have made this place a very tranquil place to reside. There are different shades of green used in this piece to distinguish the different parts of trees and vegetation. The style of this landscape almost reminds me of that in a comic book.
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