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From the earliest awakenings of Chinese civilization the Chinese have sought out what they believe to be spiritual perfection This numinous sense of flawlessness existed within the people themselves in nature and between the two as well Art has always been a common means for the Chinese to achieve such inner tranquility and peace In their art they stressed the dignified qualities of serenity grace and balance They avoided confusion conflict and all violent emotions no matter what the price Unsettling or revolutionary forms of experimental art were not welcome even to this day On the other hand expressing nobility and inner-worth was considered a necessity It has been rightfully stated that Chinese art is not just a hobby It is ultimately a way of being To appreciate the significance of art fully we must keep in mind a commandment of Confucius Raise yourself to the beautiful The Ching period also referred to as the Manchu period was an extremely active one for the arts It was an age of research preservation of ancient texts and the collecting of bronzes and paintings There was no great change in the manner of painting after the fall of the Ming A variety of styles for painters to follow already existed Many painters varied their own personal style by combining those styles which preceded them However the most renowned Ching painters relied on their own ingenuity to create styles that even the weight of tradition could not suffocate During the late 17th and early 18th centuries most artists followed the examples of Tung Chi-chang He believed in not just reproducing natures outer appearance but expressing his own inner feelings on the subject at hand The Ching painters studied the old masters as Tung Chi-chang suggested to them in order to discover their technical secrets Later they learned to use these outward techniques to perfect their ability to express their inner emotion
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