Artist Achievement of Chinese Line Drawing according to the Paintings of the Mogao Caves 3
LI Yuebai (Institute of Dunhuang Fine Arts of Dunhuang Research Academy, Dunhuang, Gansu, 736200)
The Mogao Caves 3 was built in the You Dynasty in which besides an eleven-headed thousand armed and thousand-eyed Avalokitesvara there are a few other figures. Most of the figures have the images of China, some looking even like Taoist gods. The line drawing is skilful, with rich variations. Rounded, smooth and forceful iron-hard lines are used to sketch out the face and limbs and the body while folded-reel lines used for the heavy and thick pleats of the garments and broad top and thin end lines which can vary with their accents are clearly used to depict the lines of muscles of the warriors. Gossamer lines bring out the fluffy hair and beard. In order to depict the different lines to make the figures vivid and moving. Their techniques clearly Show the high degree of development in the art of the Yuan Dynasty.
【CateGory Index】： K879.41