By Zhu Liyuan, Gene Blocker
This e-book is a set of translations of modern paintings through modern chinese language aestheticians. as a result of relative isolation of China till lately, little is understood of this wealthy and ongoing aesthetics culture in China. even if a number of the articles are curious about the conventional historical chinese language theories of paintings and sweetness, many are encouraged by way of Western aesthetics, together with Marxism, and all are fascinated with cross-cultural comparisons of chinese language and Western aesthetic traditions
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In Hsieh Ling-yun's poetry we fmd the following two lines: Above I see the tops of giant trees, Below I hear the murmur of the waves. , do not occur in Chinese poetry, the spirit of the poem invariably implies the idea. Furthermore this downward-upward glance speaks of the loving, caring attitude of the artist in his relation with the things in space. Chinese artists have the same devotion as Western artists for the "unendliche Raum," but the spirit that moves them is different. The Western artist, viewing space from a fixed standpoint, which necessarily results in perspective, loses himself in infinity.
First, in philosophy it is easier to pass on a method of systematic analysis than subjective intuitions. The philosophy of Laozi and Zhuangzi is based solely on subjective intuition, unlike the clear and systematic analyses with which Western philosophers expound their doctrines to the uninitiated, so that what has been passed on to later generations from Laozi and Zhuangzi is only the dregs of their thinking. The teachings of Laozi became the doctrines of Taoism, and it is more accurate to say that Chinese poetry has been influenced by Taoism rather than by Laozi or Zhuangzi.
The window's shade shakes shapes to life, The walled-in darkness holds a mountain peak. (by the Tang poet, Chen Tsan) The peaks of autumn scenes upon the wall. (by the Tang poet, Liu Yu-tze) Before the window, far-off mountains hang in freshest green, Below the curtain, sunset-clouds drop in ripe redness. (by the Tang poet, Lo Ch'in) Upon the river house spread emerald clouds, Spring brooks fill all the blinds and hills the casement. (by Li Chun-pu) The sky suspended from green boughs of pines.
Contemporary Chinese aesthetics by Zhu Liyuan, Gene Blocker