The story, Landscape Of The Soul, consists of two parts and is written by Nathalie Trouveroy. It actually depicts art and the soul meaning as the desires of artists and different senses of beauty by the Western and Eastern countries. The first part is derived and taken from ‘Landscape and the soul: Ethics and spirituality in Chinese painting and the second part are taken from Getting insider “outsider art”; written by Brinda Suri from Hindustan Times.
Central Theme: Landscape of the soul
This is a very beautiful story by the author. Through this lesson, we will see varied art forms and their comparison and inferences derived from these will take us to the world of imagination. The author tries to show a demarcation of different art forms based on religions. The lesson also helps to make the readers understand how realistic paintings were and how beautifully these all were created.
The landscape of the soul: Characters Sketch
- Wu Daozi- He was a painter who lived in the 8th century and he was ordered to make a painting of a landscape by the then emperor Xuangxon.
- Quinten Metsis- He was a master blacksmith, who fell in love with a painter’s daughter. He knew he wouldn’t be accepted by the girl’s father so he painted a fly so that he would be accepted as an apprentice at the studio.
Let’s go deep further to know more about the art and culture of the period and read the Landscape Of The School summary.
Summary Of the Landscape Of The School class 11th
The chapter is divided into two parts and it tells us about art and culture through various stories. The first part is about a very famous Chinese painter, Wu Daozi, who lived during the 8th century and painted to adorn and increase the beauty of the walls of the palace of the then emperor Xuanfxong of the Tang Dynasty.
Wu painted beautiful scenery with lofty mountains, waterfalls, thick and green foresters, and blue skies with people living in harmony and brotherhood. He painted a very utopian style of painting and he also painted a cave at the foot of a mountain that was haunted by a spirit.
When Wu Daozi was showing his art to the king, he clapped to open the cave where he disappeared. The author explained that it was the knowledge possessed by the artist. Only the masters know the way within and can go deep inside to get any material.
Similarly, one Chinese painter did not paint a dragon’s eye, as he feared it would become real and fly away. Next, we have the third part about a blacksmith named, Quentin Metsys, who falls in love with the daughter of a painter. He knew his father wouldn’t accept their relationship so he painted a fly on his board. Later on, the author also talks about Sanshui, mountain water.
Finally, the second part of the lesson, i.e. Getting Inside ‘ Outsider Art’ by Brinda Suri, explains the concept of “Art brut”. Art brut means the art of the ones who have no right to be artists because they do not acquire any kind of formal education still they possess some talent to show. She refers to the ones who think out of the box and do not follow the normal standards. People refer to their work as ‘primitive’. She also cited some examples like Rock Garden by Nek Chand in Chandigarh is also a form of art brut.
To conclude, Through this lesson Landscape of the soul summary class 11th, we learn that art is infinite and cannot be confined within limits, and has a rich history that cannot be labeled or put inside one box. It should be spread across the territories.