art began a long time ago, in China's far off history. Even before the
Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), the "golden age" of human figure drawing existed
with line drawings of people in various actions. By the mid-Tang Dynasty,
paintings featuring landscapes, flowers, and birds took flight. Mountains,
forests, fields, and gardens became the focus of artists as landscapes
had the capacity to divert one away from the exasperation of the material
world into a peaceful realm.
Rulers of ancient
China supported the art of painting. Some established art academies while
others were merely lovers of art. Chinese artists prefer to paint to their
own liking and without limitation. Free expression is their key motto.
Their fondness for natural subject matters allows them to better utilize
the brush and ink's latent talent. Realism in Chinese paintings does not
play an important role. The effects of shadows and light are not the main
focus in a painting. However, the basic component of Chinese art is the
line, as it is in Calligraphy.
Although modern art
has reached a toll in Taiwan, traditional art still remain a historical
treasure that would be shared by generations to come.
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