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Land 2014, 3(1), 260-281; doi:10.3390/land3010260
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Preserving the Picturesque: Perceptions of Landscape, Landscape Art, and Land Protection in the United States and China

Received: 24 December 2013; in revised form: 19 February 2014 / Accepted: 3 March 2014 / Published: 13 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Landscape Perspectives on Environmental Conservation)
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Abstract: The predominant environmental consciousness in both the United States and China reflects an underlying sense of separation of people from nature. Likewise, traditional landscape paintings in the United States and China share a common underlying aesthetic—i.e., the “picturesque”. Together, these similarities appear to have led to the preservation of similar types of landscapes in both countries. Because decisions regarding landscape preservation and subsequent management of preserved areas in both countries reflect aesthetic preferences more than they reflect economic values placed on ecosystem services, contemporary artists have an opportunity to help shape future societal decisions regarding what natural areas to conserve and protect.
Keywords: aesthetics; conservation; land protection; landscape art; picturesque; sublime aesthetics; conservation; land protection; landscape art; picturesque; sublime
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Ellison, A.M. Preserving the Picturesque: Perceptions of Landscape, Landscape Art, and Land Protection in the United States and China. Land 2014, 3, 260-281.

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Ellison AM. Preserving the Picturesque: Perceptions of Landscape, Landscape Art, and Land Protection in the United States and China. Land. 2014; 3(1):260-281.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Ellison, Aaron M. 2014. "Preserving the Picturesque: Perceptions of Landscape, Landscape Art, and Land Protection in the United States and China." Land 3, no. 1: 260-281.


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