The Jing Hao Forum, founded by the Art Discovery Institute, is an online academic journal focusing on the introduction and study of Chinese mountain-and-river (shan shui) paintings from the Tang Dynasty through the Southern Song Dynasty, approximately early 7th through 13th century.
Premodern Chinese mountain-and-river painting has a long history, with origins possibly traceable to the period of pictographs (xiangxing wenzi). (“Mountain-and-river” is commonly translated as “landscape,” but it is rather different from Western landscape paintings in concept, culture, philosophy, and methodologies.) However, the earliest documented works were only from the Jin and the Northern and Southern Dynasties (265-589). Even surviving examples from the Sui and Tang dynasties (581-907) are very few. Although thousands of Ming and Qing-era (1368-1911) paintings survived, ones with innovative thinking seem few and far between since the Ming. This journal will be dedicated to the exploration, research, and discovery of mountain-and-river paintings and their painters, and the history of this genre. As Jing Hao (circa mid-9th to early 10th century) was undoubtedly one of the most important founding figures of mountain-and-river paintings... ...
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