Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Chinese scroll art by Sheng Mou, 1350

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I grew up with Asian art mostly because my parent's activities took them to Asia a great deal and they came back with all sorts of goodies and we went to Asian events here in America and this is how I got hooked on Japanese anime, for these were the cartoons they showed us kids...the artistic ethos of Asia is quite different from main stream post 1500 European Art. Indeed, the reason I adore, really adore Bosch is because his art is very Asian: the background is as in focus as the foreground and figures in the pictures are of equal value and are set in place by everything around them. One can be lost for hours, moving the eye from point to point in his paintings, drinking in the dense scene


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