De Xin Ying Shou [Heart and Hand in Accord]' and #Zhou You Dong XI [travelling round the East and West]'

Chew, Kim Liong. 1997. De Xin Ying Shou [Heart and Hand in Accord]' and #Zhou You Dong XI [travelling round the East and West]'. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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The research was carried out in two parts. Part I investigated the Chinese culturophilosophical
thoughts (Xin [Heart])-exploring the Chinese cultural thought through
the Chinese brush and the Principle of Yin Yang [Negative-Positive], and surveying
the Chinese philosophical thought through the doctrines and concepts of Taoism,
Confucianism and Chan-ism [Zen Buddhism]. It then examined the principles of
Chinese painting (Shou [Hand])-probing into Xie He's Liu Fa [The Six Canons],
their reinterpretation and modification, and Shitao's Principle of Yihua [One-Stroke].
(The translation of early Chinese philosophical texts and painting treatises in Part I is
a secondary contribution of the thesis. ) Using Part I as a basis, Part 11 looked into the
Chinese landscape painting (Dong [East]) and European female-nude painting (Xi
[West])-an art historical analysis leading to a discussion of the landscapes of Zhang
Daqian (1899-1983) and female nudes of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). It finally dealt
with the comparison of Zhang's landscapes and Picasso's female nudes-a
comparative scrutiny of two landscapes of Zhang and two female nudes of Picasso.
(The comparison is one of the pioneer contributions to the area of comparative inquiry
into twentieth-century Chinese painting and European painting. ) The result of the
whole research is now presented by this thesis-divided into an introduction, eight
chapters and a conclusion. The findings: (1) made clear the previously obscure and
ambiguous ideas of the traditional Chinese aesthetics embodied in Chinese painting;
(2) showed that both the Chinese culturo-philosophical thoughts and traditional
painting principles continue to be revealed in Zhang's paintings; (3) verified that the
paintings of Zhang and Picasso share many interesting common points of reference;
and (4) offered a reassessment of Zhang's landscapes, and a fresh look at Picasso's
female nudes from a cross-cultural perspective.

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Thesis (Doctoral)


xin, yin yang, taoism, confucianism, zen buddhism, chinese painting, xie he, six canons, yihua, chinese landscape painting, european female nude painting, zhang daqian, picasso

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May 1997

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