A wonderful old tale is told about the painter Wu Daozi, who lived in the eighth century. His last painting was a landscape commissioned by the Tang Emperor Xuanzong, to decorate a palace wall. The master had hidden his work behind a screen, so only the Emperor would see it. For a long while, the Emperor admired the wonderful scene, discovering forests, high mountains, waterfalls, clouds floating in an immense sky, men on hilly paths, birds in flight. “Look, Sire”, said the painter, “in this cave, at the foot of the mountain, dwells a spirit.” The painter clapped his hands, and the entrance to the cave opened. “
b) Who is the author of this chapter? 1) A.R.Williams
2) Khushwant Singh
3) Marga Minco
4) Nathalie Trouveroy
c) Why had the master hidden his work? 1) For he wanted everyone to come and see his work. 2) For he wanted Emperor to come and see his work. 3) For he wanted his wife to come and see his work. 4) None of these
d) Find out the synonym of ‘Immense’ from the following. 1) Huge 2) Large 3) Monstrous 4) All of these
a. Landscape of the soul
b. Nathalie Trouveroy
c. For he wanted Emperor to come and see his work.
“The inside is splendid, beyond anything words can convey. Please let me show Your Majesty the way.” The painter entered the cave; but the entrance closed behind him, and before the astonished Emperor could move or utter a word, the painting had vanished from the wall. Not a trace of Wu Daozi’s brush was left and the artist was never seen again in this world.
a) Who was Wu Daozi? 1) A carpenter 2) A painter 3) A Woodcutter 4) A Plumber
b) What happened before the Emperor try to sneak into the cave? 1) The painting disappeared
2) Another Painting appeared
3) The painting started blinking lights
4) None of these
c) Why did the painting disappear from the wall? 1) For it was fictitious 2) For it was not being viewed and felt as was by the painter 3) For it was magical 4) All of these
d) Find out the antonym of ‘Splendid’ from the following. 1) Ace 2) Magnificent 3) Top-notch 4) Unimposing
a. A carpenter
b. The painting disappeared
c. For it was not being viewed and felt as was by the painter
In fifteenth century Antwerp, a master blacksmith called Quinten Metsys fell in love with a painter’s daughter. The father would not accept a son-in-law in such a profession. So Quinten sneaked into the painter’s studio and painted a fly on his latest panel, with such delicate realism that the master tried to swat it away before he realised what had happened. Quinten was immediately admitted as an apprentice into his studio. He married his beloved and went on to become one of the most famous painters of his age.
a) Why did the painter not want to accept Quinten Metsys as a son-in-law? 1) Due to his complexion 2) Due to his profession 3) Due to his rude behaviour 4) All of these
b) How did the blacksmith manage to convince the painter? 1) With his exceptional art
2) With his exceptional dancing skills
3) With his exceptional personality
4) None of these
c) What did the blacksmith paint on the panel? 1) A wasp 2) A drone 3) A fly 4) A Beetle
d) Which of the following is the synonym of ‘Apprentice’? 1) Learner 2) Novice 3) Rookie 4) All of these
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a. Due to his profession
b. With his exceptional art
c. A fly
d. All of these
This concept is expressed as shanshui, literally ‘mountain water’ which used together represent the word ‘landscape’. More than two elements of an image, these represent two complementary poles, reflecting the Daoist view of the universe. The mountain is Yang reaching vertically towards Heaven, stable, warm, and dry in the sun, while the water is Yin horizontal and resting on the earth, fluid, moist and cool. The interaction of Yin, the receptive, feminine aspect of universal energy, and its counterpart Yang, active and masculine, is of course a fundamental notion of Daoism.
a) Which literary device has been used in ‘The mountain is Yang’? 1) Simile 2) Metaphor 3) Personification 4) Alliteration
b) What is Shanshui? 1) A painting
4) None of these
c) What does Yang symbolise? 1) Masculinity 2) Feminism 3) Neutralism 4) All of these
d) What does shanshui represent? 1) Landscape 2) Scenery 3) Mountain Water 4) All of these
b. A painting
d. All of these
What is often overlooked is an essential third element, the Middle Void where their interaction takes place. This can be compared with the yogic practice of pranayama; breathe in, retain, breathe out — the suspension of breath is the Void where meditation occurs. The Middle Void is essential — nothing can happen without it; hence the importance of the white, unpainted space in Chinese landscape.
Its 80-year-old creator– director, Nek Chand, is now hailed as India’s biggest contributor to outsider art. The fiftieth issue (Spring 2005) of Raw Vision, a UK-based magazine pioneer in outsider art publications, features Nek Chand, and his Rock Garden sculpture ‘Women by the Waterfall’ on its anniversary issue’s cover.
a) Where did Nek Chand create Rock Garden? 1) Kangda 2) Chandigarh 3) Panchkula 4) Morni Hills
b) What is outsider art? 1) Art occupied with formal training
2) Art occupied without formal training
3) Art without skills
4) None of these
c) Which magazine highlighted Nek Chand’s Outsider art? 1) Raw Horizon 2) Raw Vision 3) Raw Division 4) None of these
d) What is the other name given to Outsider art? 1) Art Brut 2) Art Crut 3) Art Drut 4) None of these
b. Art occupied without formal training
c. Raw Vision
d. Art Brut
Around the time Dubuffet was propounding his concept, in India “an untutored genius was creating paradise”. Years ago the little patch of jungle that he began clearing to make himself a garden sculpted with stone and recycled material is known to the world today as the Rock Garden, at Chandigarh.
a) Which poetic device has been used in ‘Untutored genius’? 1) Oxymoron 2) Pun 3) Antithesis 4) Transferred Epithet
b) Where did Nek Chand create paradise? 1) On a shore of island
2) On a patch of jungle’s land
3) On a patch of city’s land
4) All of these
c) How did Nek Chand create a paradise in Chandigarh? 1) With the help of stones 2) With the help of recycled material 3) With the help of crockery and other broken materials 4) All of these