Nature and landscape in the Chinese tradition

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew perspectives on the research of Chinese culture
EditorsPei-kai Cheng, Ka Wai Fan
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer
Pages1-15
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-4021-78-4
ISBN (Print)978-981-4021-77-7
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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NameChinese culture
PublisherSpringer (Firm)
Volume1

Abstract

In the Chinese tradition, the concept of nature 自然 is predicated on its difference from or contrast to whatever belongs to the sphere of human effort, thus the nature-culture relationship needs to be explored to appreciate the artistic idea of natural scenery or 山水 in Chinese literature and painting. This chapter explores that relationship in an East-west comparative perspective and traces the beginning of landscape poetry and painting in China, presenting the basic idea that despite its appearance of huge mountains and tiny human figures, Chinese landscape painting represents a humanized nature as the manifestation of the artist’s ideas, emotions, and desires, quite different from a realistic representation of nature as the outside world.

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Nature and landscape in the Chinese tradition. / ZHANG, Longxi.

New perspectives on the research of Chinese culture. ed. / Pei-kai Cheng; Ka Wai Fan. Singapore : Springer, 2013. p. 1-15 (Chinese culture; Vol. 1).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)