Analysis Of The Poem ' White Clouds Over Rivers And Trees ' Essay

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Dong Qichang: White Clouds Over Rivers and Trees
Chinese painter and calligrapher Dong Qichang(1555-1636) in Ming Dynasty, promoted the use of color and none-liner techniques in Chinese landscape paintings, which has a profound influence on Chinese paintings as artists start to focus on the use of color. In his piece White Clouds over Rivers and Trees after Zhang Sengyou, Dong forms several pairs of visual contrast that bring life to this autumn landscape. Dong didn’t fully abandon the heritage of drawing the outlines from previous masters. Yet, there are evidences that suggest his tendency to remove from this ancient tradition of flat, monochrome Chinese ink painting. The jumping colors indeed open up more possibilities to fill in more emotions and are more welcoming. The three major elements in the painting: white cloud, red leaf trees and mountains are rendered in a great harmony, in which they cannot be separated from each other. Dong’s canny arrangement of these subjects creates a tight relationship that let them communicate with one another and makes the plcture plane stands as a whole. Beyond the peaceful unity of mountains, cloud and trees, Dong spices up the picture plane through juxtaposing the macro against the micro, the warm against the cold, the vague against the finest. To understand Dong’s art legacy through analyzing the visual components of Dong’s White Clouds over Rivers and Trees after Zhang Sengyou can help to eagage with this piece in a spiritual way…

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