Fredag 25. Februar 2011

Cahill, James.

To paint is to draw boundaries, writes the author of the "Shuo wen", the firskt Chinese dictionary arount the year A. D. 100. He explains the character for "hua", to paint, as representing a hand grasping a marker and drawing the four boundaries of a field, that is to say, delineating a field. Sixteen centuries later, the great individualist painter, Tai-Chi, was to open his theoretical treatise by speaking of the Single Brushstroke as "the origin of all existence, the root of the myriad phenomena" - one might almost, without violating the sense, translate: In the beginning was the Brushstroke. The line drawn by a brush remains the central fact of Chinese painting throughout its history. (...)

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