What are the Common Motifs in Ink and Wash / Sumi-e Painting?

 

Foreword to Ink and Wash / Sumi-e Painting Motifs

Chinese painting draws from a lot of inspiration from nature, religion and history. When examining Chinese ink and wash paintings, one will realize that there are a number of motifs which are repeated over and over again. There is a broad canon of numerous painting subjects – too many to be listed here. The following text shall give you a brief overview about the most important subjects in Chinese ink and wash painting.

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