the Natural World : Landscapes on Chinese Art

This gallery presents depictions of Chinese Landscape artwork. I'm inspired by the Southern School painters worked in monochrome ink , focused on expressive brushstrokes , and a somewhat more impressionistic approach than the Northern School's formal attention to detail, use of color, and highly refined traditional modes and methods. During the early Song dynasty, visions of the natural hierarchy became metaphors for the well-regulated state. At the same time, images of the private retreat proliferated among a new class of scholar-officials. These men extolled the virtues of self-cultivation-often in response to political setbacks or career disappointments- and asserted their identity as literati through poetry, calligraphy, and a new style of painting that employed calligraphic brushwork for self-expressive ends. The monochrome images of old trees, bamboo, rocks and retirement retreats created by these scholar-artists became emblems of their character and spirit. In the north, artists painted pictures of towering mountains, using strong black lines, ink wash, and sharp, dotted brushstrokes to suggest rough stone. In the south, other artists painted the rolling hills and rivers of their native countryside in peaceful scenes done with softer, rubbed brushwork. These two kinds of scenes and techniques became the classical styles of Chinese landscape painting. All of the artworks presented in this gallery all show the graceful landscapes of the past for the rest to see. Together they all have the same message about nature and its peace, also it is important to appreciate the artworks from the past to inspire the future. Images of nature have remained a potent source of inspiration for artist down to the present day. While the Chinese landscape has been transformed by millennia of human occupation, Chinese artistic expression has also been deeply imprinted with images of the natural world. Viewing Chinese landscape paintings, it is clear that Chinese depictions of nature are seldom mere representations of the external world. Rather, they are expressions of the mind and heart of the individual artists- cultivated landscapes that embody the culture and cultivation of their masters. I really enjoyed learning more about Chinese painters and the great deal of training and skills they had to master to create these effortless paintings. I am very inspired these artworks and will continue to research Chinese landscape paintings for inspiration for myself.         "Literati Expressionism - Boundless Open Textbook." Boundless. Web. 5 Mar. 2016.                       "Collection." Landscape, (1945) by Huang Binhong. Web. 5 Mar. 2016.                                                 "CHAO SHAO-an (趙少昂) [Sunset by the River Li] - Mia Feigelson." CHAO SHAO-an (趙少昂) [Sunset by the River Li] - Mia Feigelson. Web. 5 Mar. 2016.                    "Mountains, Streams and Autumn-tinted Trees, Wang Hui, Qing Dynasty." 臻印藝術. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Apr. 2016.                                                               "Landscape Painting in Chinese Art | Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Apr. 2016.                                          "Chinese Landscape Painting - Chinese Art - The Art History Archive." Chinese Landscape Painting - Chinese Art - The Art History Archive. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Apr. 2016.                                                                           "The National Art Museum of China." The National Art Museum of China. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Apr. 2016. 

Lin'an ink and slight color on paper Huang's style was deeply influenced by the aestheticism and purity of the literati tradition and, as in this painting, he delighted in the use of brush and ink and used color most sparingly. This painting reflects my galleries theme, The Natural World, with its attention to detail on it's landscape. ("Collection.")
Sichuan ink color on paper Painting depicts the breathtaking Three Gorges. Adopting the theme of natural landscape at dusk, characterised by a thick evening haze over the sheer cliffs of the Three Gorges, a symbolic imagery that expresses boundlessness and memories of the past This painting reflects my galleries theme, The Natural World, with it's natural misty feeling of the painting it gives the viewer of the landscape. ("CHAO SHAO-an (趙少昂) )
Mountains, Streams, and Autumn Trees colors on rice paper Depicting mountain forest scenery on an autumn day. The main peak bursts forth in the back, a stream winding through. The composition is dense and the mountains deep, the scenery lush with both green and red leaves, creating a shimming sense of autumn. This painting reflects my galleries theme, The Natural World, with it's great detail in the mountains and trees. ("Mountains, Streams and Autumn-tinted Trees)
Mount E'mei ink and colors on paper Zhang did not stick to one pattern, but adopted both "blue and green" color and black ink, drawing the advantages of both genres and blend them harmoniously into a whole. His vision had transcended the limitations of Ming and Qing Dynasties. The picture takes an overlooking perspective, taking in the whole E’mei Mountains. The mountains are strong and thick, and the forceful style could be compared with landscape paintings in Song Dynasty. Another eye-catching feature of the painting lies in the clouds, which are very flat and low, just like a sea of clouds surrounding the mountains, which not only fills the space and separates the picture into different levels, but also highlights the steep and grand mountains in Mount E’mei. This painting reflects my galleries theme, The Natural World, with it's cloudy view of the top of the mountains.
The Waterfall of Shanxi ink painting features of artist’s landscape paintings, namely majestic, unrestrained, precise but unrestrained, emphasizing the artistic conception and essence of nature. This work also reveals artistic conception of “grandness, positivity, sophistication and profundity”. The artist is fond of painting water, which enriched Chinese landscape painting language of could and water. This painting reflects my galleries theme, The Natural World, with it's natural depictions of the mountains and waterfall. ("Chinese Landscape Painting)
Red over the Mountains as if the Forest are Dyed Ink and brush The present painting was based on a poem of Chairman Mao whose poems were Li's favorite. He appreciated the landscape scenes delivered from the poem and reproduced the art world of the ideal and poetic South of China with the contrast of red and black. This painting reflects my galleries theme, The Natural World, with it's view of the waterfall and the trees, flowing gracefully in the piece. ("The National Art Museum of China.")
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