Rhythmic Vitality: Six Principles of Chinese Painting

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Dec 09
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Mar 25
Rhythmic Vitality: Six Principles of Chinese Painting

The Six Principles have been described as the most influencial paragraph ever written on the art of Chinese painting. Xie He, active ca. 500 C.E., was a painter and art critic who methodically outlined these six principles, sometimes translated as “techniques” or “elements” of painting. They have persisted over 1500 years as criteria for creating, examining, and evaluating art in China. The spare language, utilizing just four characters to express each of Xie He’s points, has allowed for broad

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