nanshuuga 南宗画
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Ch:nanzhonghua. The Southern school of Chinese painting. Composed of literati (scholars) as opposed to the Northern school *hokushuuga 北宗画 of Chinese painting which was composed of professional artists. This division of painters into two lineages was championed by the scholar-artist-theoretician Dong Qichang 董其昌 (Jp: Tou Kishou, 1555-1636). The terminology was borrowed from Chan (Jp: Zen 禅) Buddhism, which had also split into Northern and Southern schools. Whereas Northern Chan practiced methods leading to gradual enlightenment, the Southern branch promoted the idea that enlightenment could occur more suddenly. Dong employed these divisions to distinguish different approaches to painting: literati or scholar-artists were put into the Southern school and professionals into the Northern school. The former generally painted with ink and emphasized personally expressive brushwork, while Northern school artists tended to use more color and painted in more formal, detailed modes. The classification of artists was based on social status as well as painting style, and because scholars themselves were the art critics, the Southern school was touted as superior. Among the major Southern school painters were Wang Wei 王維 (Jp: Oui, 699-759), Dong Yuan 董源 (Jp: Tou Gen, mid 10c), Huang Gongwang 黄公望 (Jp:Kou Koubou, 1269-1354), Ni Zan 倪贊 (Jp: Gei San, 1301-74), Wu Zhen 呉鎮 (Jp: Go Chin, 1280-1354), Wang Meng 王蒙 (Jp: Ou Mou, 1308-85), Shen Zhou 沈周 (Jp: Chin Shuu, 1427-1509), and Wen Zhengming 文徴明 (Jp: Bun Choumei, 1470-1559). Wide-scale emulation of Southern school painting occured in Japan during the 18c and 19c, when interest in Chinese literati traditions peaked.
 
 

 
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*bunjinga 文人画, *nanga 南画 
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