Ormal Analysis of Gao Jianfu (1879-1951)s Buddhist Pagodas in Burma
You should first read Wu Hungi??s chapter i??The Birth of Ruins: Inventing a Modern Visual Culture in China.i?? This chapter provides a historical and conceptual discussion of the subject of ruins in Chinese art from 19th century to early 20th century. It also introduces the painter GAO Jianfu and his two paintings for your assignment (pp.148-155). After examining the images, you will describe and analyze the formal and conceptual issue of landscape painting containing ruins in detail. For guideline, refer to the i??Guide to Write a Formal Analysis.i?? You should consider how space, form, ink brush strokes work together to create particular effects of expression that help define the character of the subject in this work.
The objective of this assignment is to give you practice in viewing Chinese modern landscape paintings and in learning to use an art historical vocabulary both for characterizing the formal qualities of a work of art and for understanding how they are integrated with subject matter to create meaning. Your main sources for this assignment should be your careful observations. You do not need to consult other sources than the materials. Writing guides for suggested questions and procedures of analysis are in the format of pdf files in the folder i??First Paper Assignmenti?? (i??Guide to Write a Formal Analysisi?? and Sylvan Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing about Art). You can also see Marjorie Munsterbergs public website HYPERLINK slni3j