seiryoku sansui 青緑山水
KEY WORD :  art history / paintings
Ch: qinglu shanshui. Lit. blue-and-green landscape. A style of Chinese landscape painting heavily colored with mineral pigments, especially blue azurite *gunjou 群青 and green malachite *rokushou 緑青 which pays much attention to realistic detail rather than seeking to create an atmospheric impression. The style, associated first with the Tang court painter, Li Sixun (Jp: Ri Shikun 李思訓, 653-718) and his son Li Zhaodao (Jp: Ri Shoudou 李昭道, act. early 8c), is considered the dominant form of Tang dynasty landscape. The earliest extant examples are the wall paintings in the tomb of Prince Ide (Jp: Itoku い徳, 682-701) in Shenxi 陝西. Blue-and-green landscape painting was revived periodically by Chinese artists working in archaic styles. Notable practitioners include the late Southern Song painter Zhao Boju (Jp: Chou Hakku 趙伯駒, ca.1120-ca.62) and the Yuan dynasty literatus Qian Xuan (Jp: Sen Sen 銭選, ca.1235-1301) who sought a calculated evocation of the past in resuscitating the style. During the Heian period in Japan, the colored seiryoku sansui formed the basis of what came to be called *yamato-e やまと絵. The concept of a native Japanese yamato style of painting, despite this continental origin, took hold in part because it served to distinguish a tradition of highly colored painting apart from the late styles and themes of ink-painting which became so influential from the 12-15c in Japan.


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