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AGM & Chinese Painting from the Tang Dynasty to the
Qing Dynasty
Oliver Gosling Thursday 03 October 2019

Oliver is himself a painter, trained at the Royal College of Art. He exhibits internationally and has work in collections around the world. He lived in Japan for two years (1998-2001), and China for eight years (2007-2015). Lectured widely in China on contemporary art in Britain and his own work. He is a Lecturer, BA Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton and the Certificate in the History of Art, University of Oxford (Materials and Techniques of Western Painting). He has designed and delivered courses for the Continuing Education Department, University of Oxford and been a Freelance lecturer since 1988.

 What is Chinese painting? What makes it Chinese and why is it different from Western painting? In this lecture we will look at paintings from the Tang dynasty (618-907) to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) and at the ideas that shaped a unique pictorial language. Landscape painting was considered the superior subject for painting, as it was felt it could best express moral and cosmic principles. The Chinese word for landscape painting is sanshui (山水画), meaning mountain-water painting. Landscape painting was to harmonise yin with yang, mountain with water. The paintings are made with the incredibly versatile Chinese brush, the same as is used for their calligraphy, to which painting is closely connected. Daoist and Confucian thought underpin just about every aspect of the paintings.