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.