Exploration Into the Embodiment of Literariness in Modern Chinese Painting

Yong HE


Literariness has been embodied in Chinese painting for a long time. Characters are the basic elements of literary works. Chinese characters themselves are a type of ideographic characters developed from pictograph, describe and depict concrete objects, and are exactly the same with the depiction of specific object images in the way of expression and drawing process. Therefore, there are various, countless, inherent and close ties between literary works made up of Chinese characters and Chinese traditional painting. For this reason, the embodiment of literariness in Chinese painting exists naturally. Today, on the social and realistic background of worldwide cultural diversification, Chinese painting is continuously affected by external factors and, thus, is changing quietly in creation pattern, painting style and artistic conception of painting etc.. However, in the process of development and change, only the ongoing and timeless literariness remains the same. Since the ancient times, painters and men of letters have been mutually unified and inseparable; nowadays, Chinese painting and literature foil each other and develop jointly. Later generations inheriting the cultural treasure of ancestors can make the art of Chinese painting unfailing in the continuous development of world culture only by completely inheriting and reserving the characteristic of literariness in Chinese painting.


Modern Chinese painting; Literariness; Consciousness embodiment

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/9165


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