Perhaps this is pretentious, but I am genuinly interested in the knowing more about Chinese art and how (if at all) it differs from the West at a more conceptual level. I mean what is considered art, what is the purpose of it, what are the major forms for it, et c. I'd also like to learn learn more about the major influential artists.
Just to get some discussion going, i'd like to mention one difference I think I have noticed. The idea of the suffering, slightly deranged, artist doesn't seem as strong in china as in the west. Take for example an artist like Van Gogh. His art is perhaps admired and judged more based on what he endured to create it and the emotions it expresses, than the skills he possed as a painter. Who would be the chinese equivalent of Van Gogh? Is there one?
Perhaps this topic is too wide a subject, but i hope to learn more about it.