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Frontiers in Art Research, 2023, 5(2); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2023.050209.

Reflections on traditional contexts and nationalist consciousness in modern Chinese art history


Zhenjin Dong

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Zhenjin Dong

School of Art, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210008, China


Modern China is at a stage of substantial change from tradition to modernity, and the relationship between China and the world has undergone a profound transformation. At the same time, literature, history, philosophy and the fine arts, among others, were on a journey towards modernization to varying degrees. The awakening of traditional consciousness in modern China is closely linked to the issue of comparative national culture. Both nationalists and traditionalists in art history have identified themselves in the context of the historical contrast between China and the West. In response to the relationship between Chinese and Western art, the traditionalists argued from a holistic perspective and slowly established the theory of the two sources of art and culture, East and West, and began to rethink the traditional characteristics of Chinese art in a global context. In addition to this, the discovery and summing up of folk art traditions is clearly a crucial achievement in modern Chinese history. While modern art history has become increasingly sophisticated and mature in its study of China's localisation, Chinese art history is still developing at a rapid pace in the face of persistence and change.


Traditional Context; National Consciousness; Modern Chinese Art History

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Zhenjin Dong. Reflections on traditional contexts and nationalist consciousness in modern Chinese art history. Frontiers in Art Research (2023) Vol. 5, Issue 2: 45-49. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2023.050209.


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