Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Marty Blake


Chinese painting;Four Treasures of the Study;Illustrations


This thesis delved into the evolution of Chinese painting styles, spanning from ancient times to the present, placing emphasis on both traditional art painting styles and contemporary illustrations. By closely examining the production process of the Four Treasures of the Study (ink, inkstone, brush, paper) and thoroughly analyzing the fundamental elements of lines, ink tones, and aesthetic conception, this paper aims to demonstrate the similarities and differences between ancient Chinese art and contemporary Chinese illustration and how tools of the time influenced stylistic evolution over time. Additionally, the author’s visual thesis integrates artistic techniques from the past with contemporary painting methods, aiming to pay homage to an ancient heritage and evoke a sense of nostalgia for one’s homeland.


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