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  • East meets West.

  • Let's take a look at these two paintings here.

  • Do you think these two paintings are from the same background?

  • Well, it's pretty obvious that they are not.

  • The painting on the right, an example of Eastern painting,

  • is from Asia.

  • And the painting on the left, a Western painting,

  • is from Europe.

  • Eastern and Western paintings have different characteristics.

  • Let's find out more about them.

  • Western paintings use a wide range of color filling the whole canvas.

  • In addition, light and perspective are used to make three-dimensional illusion,

  • which makes the paintings look more realistic.

  • Also, images and colors fill an entire canvas without leaving any empty space.

  • On the other hand, this painting shows some characteristics of Eastern paintings.

  • Eastern paintings simplify color schemes

  • and make lines simple and graceful.

  • They also use more empty space than images.

  • They aren't meant to show realistic images.

  • Instead, they idealize them.

  • Do you know that some Western style painters

  • have been influenced by these Eastern painting techniques?

  • Toulouse-Lautrec, a famous European painter,

  • was one of them.

  • His masterpiece, At the Moulin Rouge,The Dance,

  • is very much Western styled.

  • It presents people and the background very elaborately and realistically

  • with a wide range of colors.

  • However, this painting, also created by Toulouse-Lautrec,

  • was inspired by Japanese prints.

  • It is gracefully composed using simple lines.

  • Look at these two paintings.

  • Can you see their differences?

  • Can you see the influence of Eastern styled painting?

East meets West.

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Western Painting vs. Eastern Painting

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    Raina posted on 2015/11/24
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