The Abstract painting of Soga Shohaku
the Art Institute of Chicago has pulled up
a few 18th C. Japanese screens,
that seem to illustrate so well the point mentioned here regarding
the "Tao of painting" versus modern nihilism.
Above is a detail of a Shohaku screen,
and, of course, if you magnify a detail of anything,
nothing can be identifiable.
But this detail is about 30" high,
(i.e. it's the size of many entire paintings)
Here's another area from the adjoining screen.
Isn't it breathtaking ? (blow it up full size)
He's flying through space
(with the greatest of ease)
Elsewhere -- he does mange to put in things you might recognize
(but no need to hold that against him)
(more images can be found here . Apparently, Shohaku had a reputation as a difficult personality -- which would not be incongruent with the energy in the above horses)
Here's the entire screen
Soga Shohaku (1730-1781)