Xiaoyan Hu
Southeast University
In this paper, I suggest that the notion of qiyun (spirit consonance) in the context of landscape painting involves a moral dimension. The Confucian doctrine of sincerity involved in bringing the landscapist’s or audience’s mind in accord with the Dao underpins the moral dimension of spiritual communion between artist, object, audience and work. By projecting Kant’s, and Schiller’s somewhat modified Kantian philosophy of aesthetic autonomy and the moral relevance of art into the qiyun-focused context, we shall see that reflection on parallels and differences between the two cultural traditions helps to better understand the moral dimension of qiyun aesthetics.
Keywords qiyun, Chinese landscape painting, Confucian doctrine of sincerity, Kant, Schiller, moral relevance of art
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