HomepagePreparationsTeam ChinaWorld's TeamsTorch Relay
EconomyForeign ReportsExclusiveSpecialPhotosVideos
Beijing plans traffic controls in 35 areas for Olympics openingVillage welcomes New Zealand athletesNew Zealand rowers arrive in Beijing "Holding the Games clearly is a major marker in China's emergence as a global player""One World, One Dream" aspiration to realize in Beijing Beijing: Cloudy 31-23 ℃
Chinese Brush Painting(水墨画)
14:54, July 15, 2008

Chinese brush painting has developed over a period of more than 6000 years, since its start in about 4000 B.C.

Originally, Chinese painting was closely related to other crafts, like pottery, bronze ware inscription and jade carving. The introduction of Buddhism to China from India during the first century A.D. and consequent temple building and grotto carving led to the development and prominence of religious murals and artwork.

During the Song dynasty (960-1127), religious-themed paintings took the backseat to portraits. Paintings of historical characters and stories from everyday life became very popular

By the 4th century, landscape painting established itself as an independent form of expression. It consisted of two separate styles: blue-and-green landscapes and ink-and-wash landscapes. The blue-and-green landscape utilized bright blue, green and red pigments derived from minerals to create a decorative style that sought to recreate landscapes accurately. The ink-and wash landscape relied on vivid brushwork and varying degrees of ink intensity to express the artist's conception of nature, and his own emotions and individuality.

The 9th century saw the emergence of the “flower-and-bird painting” as an independent genre. Subject matter included a rich variety of flowers, fruits, insects and fish.

Today, painters often mix several colors on one brush or mix their colors with black inks to obtain more natural and richly varied colors. Such techniques have been widely adopted and further developed in recent years.

Comments Related News
 Chinese Cloisonne(景泰蓝)
 Chinese Embroidery(刺绣)
 China Folk Toys(民间玩偶)
 China Jade Carvings(玉雕)
 Chinese Knots(中国结)
 Chinese Seal(篆刻)
Most Popular News
·Gala show in retrospect of China's century-old passion for the Games
·Interview: Ghanaian President impressed by Beijing Olympic preparations
·Polish Olympic official: China to have best Olympic Games in history
·Tian'anmen Square dressed up to embrace Olympics
·Olympic business booms in Beijing
Latest Photos
Traditional Beijing delicacies in Wangfujing snack street
Traditional Beijing delicacies in Wangfujing snack street
Olympic homestay
Olympic homestay
Latest Videos
"Jouney to the East"--by BBC
Popular Features

Copyright © 1997-2008 by www.people.com.cn. all rights reserved