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The Chinese brush is a very important part of China’s culture – so much that the beauty of a painting is primarily dependent on the quality of the brush strokes. This is counter intuitive to Western art as often the likeness of an image or the use of color is the primary focus. The Impressionists and Abstract Expressionists experimented with the brush marks in powerful ways, flirting with the ancient Chinese tradition. Chinese tradition divides strokes into categories such as blood, bone, flesh, and muscle, and a person’s personality can be seen within the strokes.