Wang Jian and Rembrandt van Rijn

Topics: Rembrandt, Western world, Pen Pages: 9 (1725 words) Published: September 19, 2014
Wang Jian and Rembrandt van Rijn
Ink strokes on landscapes between the Eastern and Western Worlds Outline

Thesis Statement
As one of China’s most well-known artists, Wang Jian (born in Taicang in the Jiangsu province 1598-1677) established a unique style of East Asian artwork compared to that of Rembrandt van Rijn showing a different use of strokes from the Western World.  The artistic styles of the East Asian cultures can be distinguished by the brush strokes and influences Shan Shui (“mountain- water”) paintings, such as in White Clouds over Xiao and Xiang by Wang Jian in 1668, compared to Cottage among Trees (1650) by Rembrandt van Rijn which has completely different pen and ink strokes that are seen in the Western world.

I. Introduction
a. Art can be date back to the cavemen until today where we continue to develop new methods and utensils to create artwork. b. Most simplest utensil is the pen and pencil altered to convey detail, dimension, etc by different brush strokes. c. Wang Jian and Rembrandt van Rijn use ink strokes in order to convey landscape paintings. d. Thesis statement: see above

II. Wang Jian
a. Influence of Shan Shui compared to Western World, depicted bird’s eye view of landscapes; artwork did not depict directly what the actual landscape was b. “dry” brush strokes compared to “wet,” which is used with some sort of liquid to establish dimension and texture onto the paper (or material) III. Rembrandt van Rijn

a. Artwork collection began from portrait paintings of his bosses b. Used pressure strokes to define the dimension and textures i. More lines and pressure was used for darker shading
ii. Lighter touches used for fading away and such
IV. Brush strokes
a. Both artists use ink in a different way from each other, which can be identified through the trees in each drawing. b. General drawing differ in that the theme of landscape is trying to be portrayed but the Western World chooses to draw in the view that most people would see versus the bird’s eye view that Wang Jian attempts, that has been followed by many others after him. V. Conclusion

a. Eastern and Western artists show distinct differences but can still manage to use same methods and techniques in their artwork. b. Wang Jian is one of many examples in Eastern while Rembrandt is also of the Western c. Both are able to demonstrate similarities and differences as they draw around the same concept and theme of landscapes.

While comparing artworks that were both revolved around landscapes, Wang Jian demonstrated different brush strokes in his White Clouds over Xiao and Xiang, using ink strokes at a bird’s eye view to that of Rembrandt van Rijn’s Cottage among Trees which was pen and ink in the audience’s view as if they were actually there.

Wang Jian and Rembrandt van Rijn
Ink strokes on landscapes between the Eastern and Western Worlds Paper
Art can be traced back to the time of cavemen and be found all around the world. There are distinguishable marks that can be identified between the artwork of the Eastern World and the Western World, such as themes, ink strokes and many more. For certain, throughout the world, there has been a development of methods and utensils to create artwork. Today, we can say anything is considered artwork, from a finger-painting to a photograph to architecture. The simplest tool would be considered a pen or pencil. A pen uses ink which influences the uses of paint and liquids, while a pencil involves transferring solid material, such as graphite and lead, onto another material and transformed into a new form, which influences artwork such as sketches with colored pencils to a unique artwork such as macaroni art. In two artists, Wang Jian and Rembrandt van Rijn we can see the differences of the two worlds using similar subjects in their artwork, which would be landscapes. As one of China’s most...

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White Clouds over Xiao and Xiang, 1668
Ink and color on paper
Wang Jian
Cottage among Trees, 1648–50
Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, 1606–1669)
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on paper washed with brown
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