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Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 44-04, Section: A, page: 0898
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 1983
Yun Shou-p'ing, one of the six great orthodox masters of the early Ch'ing dynasty (1644-1911), earned the praise of Chinese art critics for his excellence in the "Three Perfections" of painting, poetry, and calligraphy. Known mainly for his paintings of flowers in the innovative "boneless style," he was nonetheless a serious painter of landscapes as well. Yun's importance as a major landscape painter can also be attributed to his fine brush manner and his remarkable ability to closely capture the tranquil and solitary spirit of the great masters of the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) whose paintings Yun emulated
Yun Shou-p'ing's merit and reputation as a landscape painter can only be fully understood in the light of his poetry, his aesthetic principles, character, social circle and personal background as a Ming dynasty loyalist. This dissertation seeks such an understanding, so the approach is at least in part a literary one. Many translated excerpts throughout the text convey a direct sense of the depth of thought and sensibility of feeling that also inspired his landscape painting
The development of Yun's landscape painting is viewed in their multiple dimensions, as art-historical works transmitting the styles of past masters, as expressionistic paintings conveying his innermost emotions, as "soundless poetry" or paintings with a poetic message, as technically accomplished works in their brush, ink, and colors, and composition, and finally as artistic statements of ideal beauty as seen through the heart of the artist. Few painters of his time could match the natural ease, character, elegance, and poetic grace that characterize Yun Shou-p'ing's paintings
School code: 0212
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 44-04A
Subject Fine Arts
Alt Author Stanford University
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