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Qian Qianyi's Reflections on Yellow MountainTraces of a Late-Ming Hatchet and Chisel$
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Stephen McDowall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090842

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090842.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Qian Qianyi's Reflections on Yellow Mountain

Stephen McDowall

Hong Kong University Press

For many years, many artists and art historians have asserted that one of the core concepts of visual arts is that a motif can be derived only from the vocabulary that an artist has already learned. As the distinction is made between form and meaning, painting is depicted as a mental representation of one's own experiences. Veering away from examining the visual form, the focus of this book is the written presentation of a mountain, particularly examining how a specific mountain was portrayed in the youji or travel accounts during the Ming rule's final century. The study highlights how the viewer plays no small part in the natural world's representation process since physical and historical records of the site are examined without considering specific cultural contexts.

Keywords:   mountain, youji, landscape, visual art, mental representation, viewer, cultural contexts

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