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Jones, Patrick (1992) [M.F.A. submission]. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

I initially started to look at Chinese landscape painting when it was suggested
that my paintings looked and felt vaguely similar to traditional Chinese
painting. The more I looked and read about these images the more I felt
myself drawn to them. Apart from the obviously impressive painterly
qualities I was impressed by the self-evident belief in the relevance of their
painting not only on a cultural level but as a means to self discovery and
enlightenment. These paintings meant something to both artist and viewer and
the contemplation and understanding of nature (landscape) were a key to this
understanding. For a long time I had been bemoaning the fact that landscape
in art today seemed to be dismissed as a 19th century irrelevancy when it most
definitely was not to me. Here was a chance to look at a time when the
landscape was of utmost importance to the wellbeing of a culture, to
understand what it was that made this the case, and to see if what I myself was
obtaining from the landscape had any precedent and ultimately, I suppose, any
relevance to the late 20th century.
Having said this, I myself have serious problems with the vast majority of
today's landscape painting which seems not to be about the land but rather an
idea of what the land might be or mean. There is no serious involvement with
the land itself which is neatly packaged away as 'a construct of the mind'.
Chinese art, especially of the Sung period, seemed at least to be
acknowledging that something could be learnt from interaction with the land.
This is how I felt myself to be relating to the land; I needed physically to be in
it in order to experience it.
I have decided to concentrate on several works from the Northern and
Southern Sung periods. I have limited myself to these six as they seem to me
to be representative of the general style of this time. In an essay of this length
it seems preferable to concentrate in some depth on the main styles of painting
rather than to skim over many of them, while including the transitional
paintings, those reviving previous styles and those individualists working in
isolation from mainstream culture.
I intend to provide a brief background to the Sung period in its historical
context while drawing attention to the cultural relevance of landscape painting
at this time.

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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1992. Includes bibliographical references

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