shinkeizu

mindscape 2

Dreaming of Wang Li – acrylic/canvas  circa 2006 ©

“I learn from my heart, my heart learns from my eyes, and my eyes learn from Mount Hua.”

–Wang Li (b.1322), Chinese Yuan & Ming era doctor, mountain climber, painter and writer.

At the basis of shinkeizu [Japanese: “true view painting” ] lies the notion of the shinkei, or “true” view. The “true” view is not the external scene, viewed objectively by the eye, but the “mountains of the mind,” apprehended in the the heart of the superior [person].

–Melinda Takeuchi, Taiga’s True Views: The Language of Landscape Painting in Eighteenth Century Japan (1994).

 

 

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