This presentation is a report of an art historical analysis on Chinese Landscape Painting with emphasis given to iconographic analysis. The purpose of the research was to determine how Chinese Landscape Painting has evolved since its inception by viewing works from different periods in Chinese history. In examining these works, it became possible to determine a pattern among the works: the artists utilize escapist imagery to express the desire to leave their current lives in favor of finding peace among natural scenes. Whether it is the rulers of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties or the Cultural Revolution instituted by Mao Zedong, I have determined that one function of Chinese Landscape Painting is to allow the artist a level of escapism to mask the deeper stress and tension that pervaded their daily lives.
- Paper Presentation
- Art History
This presentation examines the ways in which some Chinese landscape painting techniques informed the techniques of contemporary Chinese landscape painters. The works being discussed relate to escapism with Chinese history serving as the context for the discussion.