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Apr 25

Fundamental Techniques Of Chinese Painting

Fundamental Techniques of Chinese Painting

Brief introduction of Chinese paintings

Chinese painting includes flowers and birds, landscape, figure painting 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.

Chinese Dragon Fly Painting

Four Gentlemen Painting

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 Paintings

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

Lotus and Coloring Paintings

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 Painting

The history of Chinese landscape painting Chinese landscape painting has long history and strong meaning. Many critics consider landscape to be the highest form of Chinese painting. The time from the Five Dynasties period to the Northern Song period has been known as the “Great age of Chinese landscape”. In the north, artists such as Jing Hao, Fan Kuan, and Guo Xi painted pictures of towering mountains, using strong black lines, ink wash, and sharp, dotted brushstrokes to suggest rough stone. In the south, Dong Yuan, Ju Ran, and 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. Beginning in the Tang Dynasty, many paintings were landscapes paintings. In these landscapes, monochromatic and sparse, the purpose was not to reproduce exactly the appearance of nature but rather to grasp an emotion or atmosphere so as to catch the “rhythm” of nature.

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.

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