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Title: On the interpretation of cloud imagery in Chineses visual culture
Author: Su, Feng
ISNI:       0000 0004 2681 0706
Awarding Body: Birmingham City University
Current Institution: Birmingham City University
Date of Award: 2006
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Cloud imagery has a long tradition in Chinese art. It can be traced back to the very beginning of the Chinese ancient civilization. The culture of clouds in China has both pertained throughout history and evolved into a rich and complex system, which can be seen at all levels of Chinese traditional art and life. In Chinese people's minds, the imagery of clouds has become a typical symbol of their cultural traditions. Such ancient imagery still plays a vital role in Chinese contemporary visual art. This not only shows its enduring vitality but also the potential for further development. Chinese contemporary artists directly borrow from traditional forms of clouds, or visually re-conceptualize them in order to express their artistic views. It is the very variety and richness of the visual culture of cloud imagery in Chinese contemporary visual art and its complex relationship with history that have triggered my interest. Indeed, the constant development of cloud imagery in Chinese modern visual art is anything but incidental. In the course of history, Chinese artists have incorporated national values, standards of taste, humane feelings and philosophical aspirations into the creation and elaboration of cloud imagery. More profoundly, the both ever-lasting and renewed meaningfulness of the imagery of clouds in Chinese art can be seen as being reminiscent of the renewal of humanity itself. This is what really lies in the background of this research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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