The Art of Chinese Landscape Paintings from 12th to 20th Century
September 27, 2019 - December 1, 2019 Time: 9:00—17:00 (closed on Mondays) Oval Hall, F2 & F3, Capital Museum
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Part IV. Seclusion


"Under a beam door, one can enjoy leisure." 


Ancient Chinese recluses preferred to reside in groves and by springs. Therefore, ancient artists often added cottages, huts, houses, forest pavilions, streams, boats, carriages, dogs, horses, human figures, and so on to their paintings to depict their life.


According to a line "The countryside is of too much desolation, the court life is too noisy and vain.", seclusion seems to infer hesitation between "conducting oneself in society" and "conducting oneself in seclusion". Visitors and houses hidden in woods also demonstrate the relationship between the recluses and the outside world.


Seclusion seemed to represent the ideal lifestyle of ancient Chinese scholars who served as governmental officials. When dwelling amid mountains and rivers, recluses received visitors, visited friends, drank fragrant tea, went boating, read books, sang songs freely, played stringed music instruments and watched bubbling springs. All these activities were fostered by the environment of the mountains and rivers around them. Those who placed themselves in such locales, aimed not only to view the landscape, but also to reflect on themselves and meditate.

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