Research Paper Proposal – Question 4

Question 4:

Compare landscape painting by Guo Xi’s with woodblock print of Mt. Fuji by Hokusai. Consider the following in your discussion: patrons, producers, materials, production, function, and meanings.

Image 1:

Artist / Origin: Guo Xi (Kuo Hsi) (Chinese, ca. 1020–1090)
Region: East Asia Date 1072
Period: 1000 CE – 1400 CE Material Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk Medium: Painting Dimensions H: 62 ¼ in. (158.3 cm.), W: 42 5/8 in. (108.1 cm.) Location: National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Image 2:

Artist / Origin: Katsushika Hokusai (Edo, Japan, 1760 – 1849)
Title: Enoshima in the Sagami province, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei), c. 1830-32,
Medium: polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions: 10 1/8 x 14 15 /16 inches; 25.7 x 37.9 cm
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Introduction outline:
  1. Broad statement about the 2 artists, Guo Xi and Hokusai: Both individuals are well-known in their rights, in this particular comparison, we look at how both works are of landscapes and how they have been portrayed by the artists
  2. Image 1 (Guo Xi): Guo Xi learned to depict multiple perspectives in his paintings called “the angle of totality.” Because a painting is not a window, there is no need to imitate the mechanics of vision and view a scene from only one spot.
  3. Visual evidence
  4. Image 2 (Hokusai): The artist plays with linear perspective, influenced by Dutch style art, as the wave dwarfs the mountain in the background. He used a Prussian blue pigment which had only just come into use in Japan during his time.
  5. Visual evidence
  6. Claim: Both are the same in terms of what they depict, and yet going deeper into each piece, there is a whole array of differences by understanding the make of the respective piece through its composition, technique and the activities of characteristics.
  1. Historical and cultural context of the time for both artists (very important)
  2. Similarities between these two pieces
    • subject
    • style of the piece
    • degree of realism/idealism
  3. Visual analysis
  4. Differences between these two paintings
    • era
    • value (cost?)
    • technique
    • sizes of the art pieces
    • medium
    • composition
    • symbolism of the piece
    • cultural context
    • realism/idealism
  5. Visual Analysis
  6. Conclusion

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