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ERIC Number: EJ790214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
The Sign System in Chinese Landscape Paintings
McMahon, Cliff G.
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v37 n1 p64-76 Spr 2003
Paintings emerge from a culture field and must be interpreted in relation to the net of culture. A given culture will be implicated by the sign system used by the painter. Everyone agrees that in Chinese landscape paintings, the most important cultural bond is to ancient Chinese Taoism, and to a lesser degree, to Confucianism. Obviously, then, the key for these landscapes is an alert understanding of Taoism, and the primary source is the book the "Tao Te Ching." (Contains 22 notes.)
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Language: English
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