Characteristics of the Technique of Traditional Chinese Painting

Characteristics of the Technique of Traditional Chinese Painting

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Chinese Flower and Birds Painting

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The painter can choose different compositions according to the theme of the painting and is neither bounded by

time nor space. For example, the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival (Qingming Festival, when Chinese people visit

ancestral tombs, falls on April 5 or 6 each year) and Ten Thousand Kilometers of Yangtze River drew by Wu Guanzhong

both apply cavalier perspective technique on the composition to achieve the visual effect of free layout.

High generalization and highlighting theme:

The prototypes of Chinese paintings come from life then shape arts after refining, well choosing and further

processing to shape. It does not divorce itself from people’s visual experience and doesn’t deny the logic of

life and focus on using brush strokes, ink and lines to sketch life and art.

On the composition, lines become the primary form then will be supplemented by point and plane.

Through combinations of different types of lines such as light and heavy line, think or clear lines, as well as

different sizes of?abstract and the concrete points and planes, the ?painter can express the shape, quality and

image of the whole painting incisively, vividly and ceaselessly.

When comes to traditional Chinese painting, it

generally refers to China’s traditional art with unique national characteristics, which uses brush, ink stick, ink

slab, paper and pigment to depict both realistic and imaginary Objects. It has many categories; including scroll

painting, mural painting, New-Year pictures, engraving painting and so forth.

Chinese paintings don’t have a strict art category and is not a scientific conception. According to different

tools and materials, it can be categorized into ink-wash painting and color-ink painting, just like oil painting,

water-color painting, engraving painting and gouache painting equally. With different usage, Chinese paintings can

be classified into mural painting, serial pictures, New-Year pictures and illustration. Due to different themes, we

can sort out Chinese paintings into figure painting and landscape painting. With its unique technique and style, it

forms an independent art in the world, on a par with oil painting in the West. As a whole, traditional Chinese

painting pays great attention to presenting the essence of objects, stressing the beauty of form and requiring

pictures to capture both spirit and form and to be replete with vitality and rhythm, which greatly represents the

trend of development of traditional Chinese painting and a defining core value of China’s cultural tradition. It

is an ideal that the Chinese nation has unremittingly pursued and an important component part of Oriental

painting.