The Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape Painting

Back

Lu San Tu

Lu San Tu

Chinese ink on rice paper

119.3 x 57.1cm

Signed in 1980

Private collection

 

For Chinese landscape painting, it is not necessary for you to paint the landscape you see. You paint only the landscape you envision in your mind but the painting must capture the spirit of nature. (This means that the artist has to experience and be moved by nature that he is able to integrate his emotions with his experience, in his mind, and capture that spirit in his painting.

In reviewing a landscape painting, it is most important to see the vitality of the brushwork and the varying intensity and texture of the ink in the landscape. Apart from having the painting 'resemble', or look 'real', or 'full', it should provide room for the viewer to indulge in wonderment and imagination. It must give a sense of uncertainty as to where the scene begins and where it will lead. This allows for ‘endless appreciations’. In short, it is a process of 'writing' a landscape. i.e. using calligraphic strokes to create the landscape. The expressive quality of the brushwork and the intensity and texture of the ink can be seen clearly and appreciated. Only after that, should we consider the 'scenery' of the landscape.

For those who enjoy landscape paintings through this method,  it is often that a whole day, a month or even a year can be spent without feeling tired, or weary when looking at a good piece of work. The viewer is not really looking at the beauty of the scenery instead he is appreciating 'every stroke', 'every dot' and 'every shade'. Should there be any defect in the calligraphy it is a sign that the artist was not an expert. If there is a lack of harmony in the intensity and texture of the ink it will not be a 'top grade' painting.

Huang Yao, Moyuan Suibi, 1982

Click below to view more images

The Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape PaintingThe Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape Painting

 

 

Back

Possibly Related Posts