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Chinese art paintings have a long and storied history. Painted pottery artifacts discovered at the Xianrendong site date back 6,000 to 10,000 years. Ancient Chinese paintings really began to evolve during the Warring States period. The following Early Imperial time period saw an increased interest in painting and calligraphy.

The Tang period is credited for two major advancements in Chinese art painting. The first being figure painting and the second being landscape painting.

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To this day, landscape paintings are considered to be the highest form of Chinese painting. Following the Tang period, the Song and Yuan dynasties advancements in landscape paintings continued. The main contribution was the creation of calligraphy paintings. This style combines beautiful artwork with moving calligraphy poetry.

During the Ming and Qing dynasties, artists began to express themselves in different ways. For example, some painted simple subjects such as horses, birds, flowers, and bamboo. Other artists began to rebel against the rules of traditional Chinese painting. These artists were encouraged by wealthy merchants and patrons to use free brushwork to create bold new works.

Many contemporary Chinese painters have embraced Western techniques and styles. For example, Chinese oil paintings we virtually non-existent before the 1900’s. In the modern era, these paintings have become more prevalent. Contemporary Chinese paintings have also begun to break down forbidden subjects. Modern painters now express their beliefs and feelings with less reservation.

As Chinese art paintings evolve, one can clearly see that many beautiful paintings in many different styles will be created. The possibilities are endless.

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