Writing an Image: Chinese Literati Art

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Oakland University


Excerpt from essay by Shuishan Yu: Literati art, or Weren Yishu 文人藝術, is a Chinese art form nurtured and promoted by scholars. The creators of literati art do not consider themselves as specialized artists, but first and foremost as human beings completed by Confucian moral cultivation and elevated by Daoist integration with nature. Literati art thus emphasizes art as a way of life that, in turn, nurtures the cultivation and moral character of the practitioner. The learning and creative process of art are just as essential as the final product.


Catalog of an exhibition held at the Oakland University Art Gallery, September 11-November 22, 2009. Contains essay by Shuishan Yu.


Oakland University Art Gallery, Oakland University. College of Arts and Sciences, Exhibition catalogs, Chinese art, Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts