What I love about Asian Art History is whenever I had to learn about art in grammar school it was mostly from the Western perspective. I recall being smitten when we started learning about the main Asian cultures in college that set the stage for the rest of humanity’s execution of artwork.
The Balinese, Bhutanese, and Buddhists come to the front and center of my mind when I think of some of the most profound contributors to the Asian art scene over the millennia. That’s right, dating back some 10,000 years, we have the Indus Valley’s contribution of everything from pottery to cave paintings.
Now, the more recognizable art work in history might come from India, China, and even Cambodia. China is best known for carvings in wood and stone, as well as for its Asian panoramic scenic paintings. Of course, that’s an over-simplification, as their history in art is ancient. I was talking to the owner of our lawn service company (AccuLawn Minneapolis), and he was saying that he was an art major in college and he was saying that the Asian art landscape was his favorite, because of its diversity and depth. I agree with you sir!
The same is true for Indian art. It encompasses thousands of years of work, along with relics, carvings, sculptures, metal work, and paintings that go back millennia as well.
Cambodia has a surprisingly rich art history as well. It comes down to its stone carvings. I love Asian art history for its richness.