I chose the painting called “A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains.” The painting is the most famous classical Chinese painting. The painting is very long. It is 36 feet long. The painting depicts the majestic views of mountains and rivers, especially the villages on the side of the river and the mountain cliff waterfalls. The painting also depicts the wind in the sky and pathway leading to the temple. The painter uses blue, green, golden colors.
Wang Ximeng is one of the most famous Chinese painters in Song Dynasty. In 1113, he painted thousands of miles of rivers and mountains, when he was eighteen years old. I chose “A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains” because Wang Ximeng’s paintings left me with the deepest impression. I love beautiful scenery that he depicted in the painting. If I am at the place in the painting, I would like to take many pictures.
At first glance, the painting just depicts beautiful landscapes of China. Wang Ximeng depicts China as a prosperous and powerful country. His use of gold color emphasizes wealth and royalty. However, taking into account the historical background of the painting, the painting is actually a lament former glory of China. Therefore, Wang Ximeng’s painting gave me the feeling of both beauty and lament.