Chinese Painting Gallery
Chinese painting is particularly associated with landscapes, an emphasis that has its roots in the various religions and philosophical sources of Chinese culture. The idea that wisdom and peace can be found in the viewing of mountains and rivers, indeed the vitality of various forms of nature and their connection with the spirit world is central to both Taoism and Buddhism. Nature is not rendered as the eye or the camera might see it. The landscape artist represents a scene as it is being viewed from a height or a distance, or even from far below. The picture may include things he sees as he goes on his way. Landscapes fall into three types: from a bird's eye view, he creates a deep distance composition; from an eye-level view, he creates a flat distance composition; and from below, he creates a high-distance composition.
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