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reverbivore:

Shan Shui

One of my favorite periods in Chinese brush painting that arose during the Song Dynasty (960-1279).  Artist of the discipline enveloped Taoist principles through painting in order to highlight the complexity of the cosmos, and how the repetition in patterns and structure lead to this complexity.

"Shan shui painting is a kind of painting which goes against the common definition of what a painting is. Shan shui painting refutes color, light and shadow and personal brush work. Shan shui painting is not an open window for the viewer’s eye, it is an object for the viewer’s mind. Shan shui painting is more like a vehicle of philosophy."

Ch’eng His (via)

This overarching aim is based in three strict principles in order to achieve true balance and form:

  • Paths:  Pathways should never be straight. They should meander like a stream. This helps deepen the landscape by adding layers. The path can be the river, or a path along it, or the tracing of the sun through the sky over the shoulder of the mountain.  The concept is to never create inorganic patterns, but instead to mimic the patterns that nature creates(via)
  • The Threshold:  The path should lead to a threshold. The threshold is there to embrace you and provide a special welcome. The threshold can be the mountain, or its shadow upon the ground, or its cut into the sky.  The concept is always that a mountain or its boundary must be defined clearly. (via)
  • The Heart: The heart is the focal point of the painting and all elements should lead to it. The heart defines the meaning of the painting. The concept should imply that each painting has a single focal point, and that all the natural lines of the painting direct inwards to this point. (via)

One reason why this form of expression is so appealing to me is that rather than the artists trying to create something out of nothing, or rather create something that is aesthetically ideally superior, the artist relinquishes the vision to the patterns in nature in order to highlight the overwhelming complexity of our reality and the underwhelming place humans are in it’s vastness.  What is thought, in light of the abyssal complexity of the cosmos, is exemplified through the mirror of nature and the outcome is beautifully intricate yet monolithic in it’s stature.

Works:

1)  Li Tang - Wind in Pines Among a Myriad Valleys (1124) An Example of “Axe-Cut” Style brush strokes.  One of my personal favorites of the era. (via)

2)  Fan Kuan - Travelers Among Mountains and Streams (1000-1120)  One of the greatest mountainous monument landscapes.  Considered one of the greatest works of the Discipline. (via)

3)  Li Cheng - A Solitary Temple amid Clearing Peaks (919-967) An example of using diluted ink to create a foggy dreamlike landscape. (via)

4)  Guo Xi - Early Spring (1072)   Highlights the inhuman perspective or a an example of a piece with multiple perspectives called “The Angle of Totality” (via)

Tagged: #art

historicaltimes:

Winston Churchill’s one-man pressure chamber, used on his personal plane during WWII. It had ash trays, a telephone and an air-circulation system.

historicaltimes:

Winston Churchill’s one-man pressure chamber, used on his personal plane during WWII. It had ash trays, a telephone and an air-circulation system.

meninroad:

meninroad:

© IWM (Q 5208) Orderlies of the Royal Army Medical Corps preparing sandwiches for walking wounded at Feuchy crossroads, April 1917.

From yesterday…

meninroad:

meninroad:

© IWM (Q 5208) Orderlies of the Royal Army Medical Corps preparing sandwiches for walking wounded at Feuchy crossroads, April 1917.

From yesterday…

collective-solace:


Members of the Résistance killing Nazis in Paris (1944)

Get fucked

collective-solace:

Members of the Résistance killing Nazis in Paris (1944)

Get fucked

Tagged: #WWII

specialcar:

LANCIA New Stratos GT2

specialcar:

LANCIA New Stratos GT2

Tagged: #Lancia

45-70govt:

awhodareswinsfan:

45-70govt:

I will shit on the United Kingdom until people realize that life is more like Harry Brown than your shit fucking time doctor and aspergers lizard detective

So wait you’re not actually pissed at us just the people that don’t live here and romanticize it and fail to realize living here is just as hard as other places or? 

Have I not made it abundantly clear that the jingos who protect every dying breath of all things British are just gaijin anglophiles or fucking stupid chavs? Obviously the people who live in shit know it’s shit

Well shit, sorry mate it’s not like I’ve been following this like a fucking news story or anything, as a matter of fact I couldn’t give two shits about this at all or who you hate on, I’ll keep doing my thing and you can do yours.

45-70govt:

I will shit on the United Kingdom until people realize that life is more like Harry Brown than your shit fucking time doctor and aspergers lizard detective

So wait you’re not actually pissed at us just the people that don’t live here and romanticize it and fail to realize living here is just as hard as other places or? 

meninroad:

© IWM (Q 6003) A stretcher bearer of the Royal Army Medical Corps attends to a badly wounded Sergeant of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in a trench at “Clapham Junction” during the battle of Polygon Wood, 26 September 1917. The wounded man has a large bandage around his face and head.

meninroad:

© IWM (Q 6003) A stretcher bearer of the Royal Army Medical Corps attends to a badly wounded Sergeant of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in a trench at “Clapham Junction” during the battle of Polygon Wood, 26 September 1917. The wounded man has a large bandage around his face and head.

justwarthings:

AIR ASSAULT

justwarthings:

AIR ASSAULT

Tagged: #lol