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By Zhu Liyuan, Gene Blocker

This booklet is a set of translations of modern paintings by means of modern chinese language aestheticians. a result of relative isolation of China until eventually lately, little is understood of this wealthy and ongoing aesthetics culture in China. even though the various articles are desirous about the conventional historic chinese language theories of artwork and wonder, many are encouraged by means of Western aesthetics, together with Marxism, and all are concerned about cross-cultural comparisons of chinese language and Western aesthetic traditions

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In Wang Hsi-chih's "Lan Ting" we read: The upward glance shows me the vastness of the universe, The downward glance the wealth of living things. In Hsieh Ling-yun's poetry we fmd the following two lines: Above I see the tops of giant trees, Below I hear the murmur of the waves. , do not occur in Chinese poetry, the spirit of the poem invariably implies the idea. Furthermore this downward-upward glance speaks of the loving, caring attitude of the artist in his relation with the things in space. Chinese artists have the same devotion as Western artists for the "unendliche Raum," but the spirit that moves them is different.

Laos Zi said: Not having left the door, all below the sky is known; without looking through the window, the way of heaven can be perceived. Lao Zi, Zhuang Zi and a great many other philosophers have claimed that the multitude of phenomena may be comprehended from within the chamber of the thinker. In a well-known book of anecdotes, the "Shih Shuo Hsin Yu" of Liu I-ching, we read: Chien Wen-ti entered the Hwa Lin garden. He addressed himself to the friends who accompanied him saying, "The point where we attain realization need not be very distant.

Tragedy differs from both religion and philosophy in this respect. On the one hand, it is not philosophy, as it does not formulate fatalism as a defmite creed; on the other hand, unlike religion, it feels strongly that there is something in the universe which is neither intellectually explicable nor morally justifiable. The image of this "something" holds the tragic poets in awe and wonder; and it is this feeling of awe and wonder in the presence of what is neither intellectually explicable nor emotionally justifiable that we call "the sense of Fate" in Tragedy.

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