The Way of the Brush: Painting Techniques of China and Japan

By Fritz van Briessen | Go to book overview

CHAPTER II THE ELEMENTS OF CHINESE PAINTING

1 THE MATERIALS

THE BRUSH . During the course of Chinese history, painting brushes have been made from many different substances. The brush most used at present is a blend of the hairs of the weasel and the hare. It is a little softer than the brush used for writing. The hairs are of varying lengths, bound together in a very delicate operation. The Chinese brush has the property of running into a fine point once it has been moistened. Indeed, it becomes bushy and stiff only after the softer hairs have been quite worn away by the long use. And yet, whenever the artist desires, it can also be made to produce strokes of varying degrees of broadness or even to split into two or more points to produce multiple lines with a single stroke. This explains why, in an ink painting, normally only a single brush is used throughout, this being quite sufficient for the painting of everything from the finest hair stroke to the broadest areas of wash. As a matter of fact it has become axiomatic that, excepting the possible addition of color with other brushes, only one brush should be used for an ink painting, thereby preserving a unity of style in the brushwork.

THE INK . The ink of the Sung period was made from pine soot mixed together with glue and other ingredients, all being compressed into small

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • List of Illustrations 10
  • Acknowledgments 15
  • Part 1- Elements, Techniques, and Principles 21
  • Chapter I- The Position of Chinese Painting 23
  • Chapter II- The Elements of Chinese Painting 41
  • Chapter III- The Techniques and Principles of Chinese Painting 109
  • Part 2- Notes on Technical Matters 189
  • APPENDICES 315
  • Bibliography 323
  • Index 325
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