Essay of Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

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Cheolhoon lee
Art history 193
Professor Joanne Kim
May 9, 2011

Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

Creator: Huang Gongwang (1269-1354)
Title: Dwelling in the Fuchun mountains
Creation date: 1347-1350
Country/ culture/ period: China, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)
Material/ dimensions: Hand scroll. Ink on paper. 13” high

This one of the famous paintings In Chinese history has highly long shape and this painting has influenced on later ages. Characteristic in his painting makes viewers to confuse as they feel reality. In painting, there are similar geographical features. For example, similar shape of landscape appears repeatedly such as mountains shape on the enormous river and the shape of the coastlines. For these reasons, a viewer would be able to feel sitting on opposite sides of a hill. In this sense, Huang Gongwang had a gift for making his art look very realistic On the other hand, if looking closely, each part of the painting has very unique brushstroke method. For instance, the mountains located on the left side and the right side of painting were painted by using light paint and not detailed comparing to the other mountains. In other words, the brushstroke method applied in the middle of this painting is drier, detailed and non-washed by comparison with other parts of this painting. The painter may intend for viewer to focus on the middle part of ‘Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains’. A close look, however, detailed description such as trees and rocks especially were not made by using one-touch brush strokes. These things which require a lot of works were not made by simple stroke. In order to make cubic and lifelike effect, the painter painted darker paint on the lighter ones. This painting was very carefully designed in this sense. The overall atmosphere of this painting is very peaceful, calm and restfulness. The reason why this masterpiece looks serene is not only peaceful scenery but also low-key human presence. As...
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