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Strange and Illusory: The Aesthetics of Distortion in Scenery of Shanbei by Shi Lu

  • Author / Creator
    Wei, Bingqing
  • The objective of this thesis is to consider modern Chinese painting of the Chang’an School, studying in particular an undated painting titled Scenery of Shanbei by Shi Lu. It investigates the fact that Shi Lu’s painting distorts the appearance of the depicted terrain of Shanbei, expressing what I term aesthetics of distortion. I address the question of the personal and political significance of distortion. Is Shi Lu’s use of distortion aimed at self-expression by means of landscape representation? Does it breach cultural conventions and political values preeminent in Shi Lu’s art-historical context? The primary aim of this thesis is to analyse Shi Lu’s aesthetics of distortion and deploy this analysis for arguing that distortion serves representational, expressive, and political uses. The secondary aim is to reconsider the contentious classification of Shi Lu as a propaganda artist and to investigate his association with the regional artistic practices of the Chang’an School.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3QD75
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Art and Design
  • Specialization
    • History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Walter Davis (Department of Art and Design)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Lisa Claypool (Department of Art and Design)
    • Jenn-shann Lin (Department of East Asian Studies)