art of the Chinese scroll painting dates back at least 4,000
years. This art
form is considered by many people as the highpoint
aesthetically speaking during the cultural history of China
Chinese use special brushes and inks to create calligraphy,
which are the same tools used for the scrolls.
the designs include subjects such as animals, birds,
flowers, people, landscapes, and simple calligraphy that
might include inspirational words or messages.
Although wonderful and talented painters are from all
over Chine, the majority come from the Zhejiang province,
which is where this form of painting was born.
In fact, at the Zhejiang University, students can
learn scroll paintings from very skilled painters.
scroll painting, the Chinese consider there to be a
connection between brush and ink, and color and silk or
result of this mythology is that an unusual and very special
body of work is created different from all other art forms.
The movements are often spontaneous and the lines
appear to be frugal. Interestingly,
many of the great Chinese scroll painters actually began as
these scroll paintings, two things are pursued – one is
appreciation of lyrical quality as it relates to poetry and
art and the other is knowledge.
As you look at the Chinese scroll paintings on
display throughout the world, you will see these two aspects
in each one.
Chinese scroll paintings can be seen at the Hartnell College
Foundation where they are a permanent feature in the
Hartnell Gallery. Donated
by Dr. Irving Stuart, these scroll paintings are nothing
less than magnificent.
Here you will find a painting that was created with
the Sumi technique, which dates back to the 17th
scroll painting features a beautiful lotus blossom and water
pond. One of
the other paintings comes from the 18th Century
and was painted by a Taoist priest named Tsin Hsin,
depicting a wonderful pine forest, flowing waterfall, and
If you get a
chance to visit a display of Chinese scrolls where you live,
you should take the opportunity.
You will notice that the scroll paintings appear much
different in that the colors are brighter and more distinct
than what you would see in photographs.