Intercultural Perspectives on Image Construction and Aesthetic Narrative in Chinese Painting

Chenglin LI, Muhammad Khizal Saat


Visual media are advancing at a breakneck pace in the modern era. Images, as a form of cultural communication that is critical, contain an abundance of narrative meanings. Due to the similarity of painting image symbols, it’s worth considering how images express the narrative’s metaphorical function. In light of this, this paper aims to analyze some representative contemporary Chinese paintings. On the one hand, it is to conduct cross-cultural research into the narrative methods of Chinese painting images’ image themes and visual symbols. On the other hand, it is to investigate the cross-cultural narration and appreciation of images. We hope that this study will deepen our understanding of these works and their image narration, assist cross-cultural audiences in comprehending the narrative methods of Chinese painting images and the corresponding Chinese culture, heighten the viewer’s aesthetic appreciation, and promote cultural interaction between the East and the West.


Images of Chinese painting; Intercultural studies; Aesthetic appreciation; Aesthetic narrative; Image construction

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