Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences / Taoism Traditions in the Artistic Culture of China

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Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 6
Alepko, Aleksandr A.
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Alepko, Aleksandr A.:Khabarovsk State Institute of Culture 112 Krasnorechenskaia Str., Khabarovsk, 680045, Russia;
Taoism; painting; character; artist; landscape; calligraphy

In this article the author examines the influence of Taoism on the artistic culture of China, in particular, on the national art. The subject of the research is the interpretation of images of Chinese painting by the Taoist cultural tradition. The study confirmed that in accordance with the Taoist tradition, the Chinese artist looked at life from the perspective of art, never painted from nature and never made sketches, while it is conventional in European painting. Before painting pictures, the Chinese artist, like a naturalist, carefully and painstakingly studied nature in all its smallest forms. In their works, Chinese artists were always guided by the idea of the dynamic unity of opposites that complemented each other and, thus, needed each other. The artist was not a classicist or a romantic, he was both. The paintings were neither naturalistic nor idealistic, they combined these qualities. The style of Chinese artists involved a combination of the general and the individual. This was the way due to which Chinese artists found “the inner reality” in their paintings

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