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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

ASCL 60.07 Chinese Painting, Poetry, and Philosophy

A systematically trained traditional Chinese scholar was expected to achieve perfection in all the three areas – classical poetry, calligraphy, and traditional Chinese painting. Thus the poetry-calligraphy-painting “Three Perfections” represents certain significant aspects of the Chinese culture. Since none of the “Three Perfections” is possible beyond the intellectual context of Chinese philosophy, and also, since the traditional Chinese painting has to be written (in the way of Chinese calligraphy) rather than painted, the Chinese painting/calligraphy, poetry, and philosophy are indeed the key for understanding the Chinese culture. By introducing the basics of traditional Chinese painting/calligraphy, classical Chinese poetry, Chinese cosmology, philosophy and religions, this course is the gateway to the Chinese manuscript culture that defines the written tradition of the Chinese culture. The first-hand experience of basic brush-and-ink techniques of traditional Chinese shuhua (calligraphy and painting) provides the student with visual and enjoyable illustrations of the relationship between traditional Chinese art and cosmology. Reading through the oriental tradition of Chinese painting, poetry, and philosophy, the student will be able to view the same universe from a different but an artistic, literary, intellectual, and written perspective.


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