Chou Wen-chung


“Let us look at a landscape. A splashing single stroke, a group of tiny dots, a blank on the paper — all these, if we appreciate and understand Chinese painting — inspire us to see beauty and poetry. We see beauty and poetry in them because we respond to their allusive qualities.”

Wu Daozi - brush calligraphic lines.
Guilin landscape - natural source of calligraphic lines.  Photo by Hiroji Kubota (1982).
Landscape calligraphy by Chiu Ting.
Painting by Cha Shi-biao illustrating non parallel parallelism.
Painting by Jin Nong - composite lines in counterpoint.

“I was influenced by the same philosophy that guides every Chinese artist, be he poet, painter or musician; affinity to nature in conception, allusiveness in expression, and terseness in realization.”

Anonymous painter from Yuan Dynasty - texture; counterpoint in categories.
Painting by Fa Ruo-zhen - technique is in the details.
Detail from painting by Fa Ruo-zhen.
Part of a scroll painting by Gong Xian - technique is in the details.
Detail from scroll painting by Gong Xian.

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