An Analysis on the Influence of Line in Chinese and Western Painting on Visual Shaping Language

Jianqiu Sun, Chang Xiao


The line of western painting, a rational painting element possessing the meaning of interpretation, is in pursuit of shaping and creating exact outer body shapes; the line of Chinese painting, besides delineating body shapes, stresses the spatial organization relationship of lines. The line of Chinese painting contains independent aesthetic value, “lines are for shaping” and conveys philosophy concept of eastern culture “the union of heaven and humans”. This paper helps readers to understand and master historical development process of line in Chinese and western painting and compares and describes the differences and similarities of line in western and eastern art and their influences on visual shaping language.

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