Some art historians of the 20th century heeded the similarities in spiritual connotation and composition between early western landscape painting and traditional Chinese landscape painting. For example, Oskar Munsterberg pointed out in his Leonard da Vinic and Traditional Chinese Landscape Painting that da Vinic’s landscape paintings, especially his sketch landscape ones, have many elements that can be found in traditional Chinese landscape paintings.
Compared to traditional Chinese landscape painting, modern and contemporary Chinese landscape painting is very different and takes on diverse appearances mostly due to the impact of foreign painting and other visual arts. Either formally or theoretically, it has no longer been restricted by traditional painting. Zhang Daqian said that painting originally shouldn’t be divided into western painting and eastern painting but only depends on tools, materials, regions and customs. Traditional Chinese landscape painting has its own unique language and expressions and therefore distinct charm. In the long history of China, mutual reference and influence between eastern painting and western painting never ever ceased. In an era of economic globalization, Chinese calligraphy and painting as a part of Chinese culture have gained favor from more and more worldwide friends; they are our cultural achievements accumulated for thousands of years, presented perfectly and shared with the whole world.
November of Ren-chen Dragon Year