07 Chinese Art

07 Chinese Art - ART 1012 Art History Survey II Fall 2005...

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ART 1012 Art History Survey II Fall 2005 – Section JL24A Study Aid 6: Chinese Art and Architecture Fan Kuan, “ Travelers Among Mountains and Streams ” Hanging Scroll, early 11th century Neo-Confucian philosophy depicts idealized landscape “li” (principle or idea) represented by “qi” (physical matter, which in Chinese always has energy or “life force”) Paintings by the Chinese ‘literati’ educated, elite class were executed by artists usually for a small group of educated, sophisticated friends. They appreciated traditional, older styles of Chinese art from ancient dynasties, and often copied or mimicked these styles in their work. They practiced a simplicity of drawing and painting that they considered elegant. Example: Shen Zhou, Poet on a Mountain Top , Ming Dynasty, 1500 CE, depicts a “literati” artist’s response to (or interpretation of) nature. Poet stands atop cliff and his poem appears in calligraphy over the mists in the valley. Perfect blend of poetry, landscape painting, and
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