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Chinese Art

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Ben Williams

on 15 November 2012

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Transcript of Chinese Art

Let's take a closer look Poetry was abundant
(there was a lot) in China. Another Poet, Another style Paintings in China Porcelain:
A Fine Trade Item The beauty of China's art and culture Because they were able
to print more and more, poetry became widespread. Duo Fu Have you ever heard somebody call
nice dishes, "Fine China?" Poetry, Paintings, and Porcelain Chinese Art and Poetry Li Bo was a famous Poet. He wrote some poems celebrating nature. Poem from "Still Night Thoughts"

"Before my bed
There is bright moonlight
So that it seems
like frost on the ground;
Lifting my head
I watch the bright moon,
Lowering my head
I dream that I'm home." A Poem by Duo Fu, called "Spring Landscape" Though our country has been crushed
rivers and hills stay the same; the city
is filled with tall trees and the high
grasses of spring; even the flowers seem to shed
tears for the sadness of our time, and birds
grieve at the sight of people
parting from their beloved;
for these three months
have the beacon fires
flared unceasingly
while a letter from home is as precious
as gold
and when I strive to bind up
my grey hairs, they are so few
the pin will not hold them. Poets were even hired to work in the capital city.

From these two poems we have read, what can
you tell me that they cherished in China's culture?

The fact that poets were asked to move and work in the capital city, what does this tell you about how Chinese government felt about poetry? Painters often painted landscapes Paintings honored landscapes in China.
They often put poems on their paintings.
They wrote the poems in brush and ink using calligraphy.
Calligraphy is a Chinese style of writing that is often viewed as art in itself. You are about to view some paintings
This is what to look for: Calligraphy Number 4 Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 The "Fine China" is Porcelain An art form perfected by the Chinese Don't believe me? Just ask this Muslim traveler who was quoted in 851 A.D.,

"There is in China a very fine clay from which are made vases... water in these vases is visible through them and yet they are made of clay." After viewing Porcelain, answer these two questions:

1. Why do you think Porcelain is considered "art"?

2. Why do you think Porcelain was part of
the "Silk Road" trade that
China exported (sent out)?
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