The transformation of line, shape and intention in Chinese painting since Xu Beihong and Lin Fengmian

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Doctor of Philosophy


Faculty of Education and Arts


The research of this dissertation is focused on 'transformation' in the development of Chinese painting and takes the three traditional elements in painting-- line, shape, and intention--as methods of observation. The dissertation proposes that Chinese painting has undergone two stages of critical transformation that are worthy of notice: the first occurring in the chaotic situation during Wei Jin North and South Dynasty in the third century, and the second stage lasting from the beginning of the 20th century till now.

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