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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History of Chinese Calligraphy – The Golden Age of Chinese Calligraphy: The Wei and Jin Period of Disunion


The Fall of the Han: Toward a New Dynasty

After over four centuries of relative stability, the Han Dynasty ended following a period of intense rebellion and court intrigue. The remains of the once-strong Han Empire was quickly divided into three separate political regimes, each of which laid claim to the authority of the Han throne. For the next six decades, these Kingdoms, the Wei, Shu and Wu, would maintain a war footing against each other. Each of these states was destroyed in turn: the Wei being the last to fall and usher in the Western Jin in 265 CE.

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