Hanging scroll: Zhi and Xu's Pure Conversation
Just as calligraphy artists used a prescribed sets of brush strokes to form Chinese characters, so the artists used prescribed brush strokes to indicate leaves, grass, pine needles, etc.
LINE AS DIRECTION AND EMPHASIS
In some works of art, line is implied by various shapes and contours to serve the purpose of pulling the viewer into the work or directing their attention to a central theme.
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Lan Ying
Artist Dates: 1585-1664
Period: 17th century
Medium: ink on paper
Size: 106.4 x 26.8 cm
Museum: Cleveland Museum of Art
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