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Main themes of Chinese painting

2014-07-11 14:19:54



Figures, mountains and water, and flowers and birds are major figures and common themes found in Chinese paintings, corresponding to their counterparts found in European paintings.


Figure painting originated in primitive times, when people painted figures and animals on walls with chalk, red earth and carbon black. The Northern and Southern Dynasties (220-589) marked the maturity of figure painting. Gu Kaizhi, renowned painter and art theorist, has argued that painters should properly depict not only the external shape, but also the internal qualities of the figures.

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