“Beauty in the Small Details”
Throughout history, Chinese painters have chosen the subjects of their art to be traditional, interesting, and very special. For example, many painters paint animals or scenery. Classical Chinese art is unique and important, so many Chinese people today attach importance to this classical art.
The subject of this painting is a large tower in a garden. Inside the large tower is a man. I can tell he is very important because there are many officials surrounding the tower. In addition to the mountain in the background of the painting, there are many trees. It’s late in the evening. The moon is high in the sky. The painter does not use a lot of color, but in addition to black ink, there are little pink flowers on the tree. This evening the sky was very calm and quiet. It seems like everyone is very calm and enjoying the quiet atmosphere.
This picture is painted by Ma Lin. Many members of his family were also painters who served the emperor (12th century). Ma Yuan, Ma Lin’s father is also a famous painter.
I really like this picture, because the small details are very beautiful. At first, I see the landscape is not lively, very ordinary. But the real beauty is in the details. Court life is often described as very lively and very formal; Ma Lin painted and the reality is the opposite. If I were present in this scene, I would be relaxed and very happy. With the gentleman in the tower, I would be very quiet and also enjoy the scenery.