Creation and Interpretation: Study on the Symbolism of Traditional Chinese Painting | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online


There is no concept of "symbol" in ancient theory of traditional Chinese painting, however, the characteristics of "symbol" are clearly shown in ancient and modern classic paintings in China. Traditional Chinese painting constructs a complex symbol system with unique Moxie technique, vivid and flexible image, stylized expression and personalized expression. Since ancient times, the different styles formed in the history of traditional Chinese painting make the symbols of traditional Chinese painting have four characteristics: generality, integration, symbolism and time-space spanning. Combined with typical Chinese painting works, this paper expounds the flexible forms of symbols in the context of traditional Chinese painting, and demonstrates the value of symbols in the development and communication of traditional Chinese painting.


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