Difference Between “Shanshui Painting” and “Landscape Painting” in the View of History of Fine Arts



As a materialized way of mastering the world, painting accumulates the unique artistic potential and aesthetic emotion of mankind. In the history of art, shanshui painting and landscape painting with natural landscape as the object of the performance, show a significant difference in painters’ eyes and under their pens because of the differences between Chinese and Western cultures. This difference is based on the philosophical epistemological differences, but also the expression of the logic of science and empirical rational differences, as well as the practical level of philosophical differences. These are the theoretical keys to the analysis of shanshui painting and landscape painting, and the deepest cultural origin to understand the eastern and western painting imagery and realistic tradition.


History of fine art; Shanshui painting; Landscape painting; Cultural difference; Cultural origin; Differences between Chinese and Western cultures

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Lu, Y. S. (1980). Discussion on landscape painting. Shanghai, China: Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House.

Xie, A. N. (2012). Chinese landscape painting. Shanghai, China: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press.

Yang, C., & Lin Y. Q. (2010). The Western landscape painting appreciation. Xi’an, China: Shaanxi People’s Fine Arts Publishing House.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/9071


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