On this planet art is not held by one culture over another. Outside of America and Europe other’s have developed some amazing art styles such as Asia where China has been working on developing their art for over 3,000 years. The art pieces that I have chosen are Two Hawks in a Thicket, Dragon Pine and Shaded Dwellings Among Streams and Mountains to represent the prowess of the Chinese art work.
The Two Hawks in a Thicket by Lin Liang was created in the 15th century located in China. The artist Lin Liang excelled in bold, expressive, monochrome depictions of birds in the wild. In this painting he shows the birds in a thicket which presents the emotion of reclusive and withdrawn where they can not be reached. This is much different from his usual work of them being heroic and divine creatures soaring far over head looking down upon all others. Looking over the different art pieces of the Chinese, it is hard to sort through but the showing of the two hawks is done in such a natural sense that it can’t be helped but feel wisdom and the energy that the artist is trying to present. Not only is the image radiating the ancient style of Chinese artists but the silk the ink is applied to adds to the form of this art piece as well to make this style of painting different from anything I have ever heard of that is not stone or paper.
The Dragon Pine by Wu Boli was created in ca. 1400 located in China. Wu painted it for Zhang Yuchu who was the forty-third Celestial Master of the Zhenggi order. The pine tree is known to remain green through the winter and therefore has the metaphors for survival, longevity and the moral character of the virtuous man. Also the way the tree is shown as a dragon which is the embodiment of natural forces that are desired to be channeled. The historical depth of this piece was to important to pass up with it being given to the forty-third Celestial Master. The tree has so much symbolism to it, it is easy to see why it was appreciated by Zhang Yuchu, with the resemblance of a dragon and the symbolism of the tree a person of power would want those qualities in their life.
Shaded Dwellings Among Streams and Mountains by Dong Qichang was created around ca. 1622-25 located in China. Dong desired artistic reform as he was a great landscape painter and theorist during the seventeenth century. His goal was to make creative reconstructions of the past from the study of the ancient styles. He used a spiritual direction with the help of the art done by the old masters of his time instead of using literal imitations and brought special notice to self-expression. Combining art and spiritual belief in order to fulfill a new style that was in Dongs eye’s not a betrayal of the Chinese art was his goal and accomplishment that I felt needed to be shown. The way he painted his picture of the mountains, trees and buildings to show a unified image with his movements is spectacular especially how you can see so much with just different shades of black.