Landscape of the Soul NATHALIE TROUVEROY Class 11th English


Landscape of the Soul NATHALIE TROUVEROY Class 11th English

Landscape of the Soul NATHALIE TROUVEROY Class 11th English

Landscape of the Soul Class 11 Questions and Answers

Understanding the Text

1. (i) Contrast the Chinese view of art with the European view with examples.

Ans: The Chinese form of art is based on imagination and shows inner and spiritual approach of the artist. Whereas, the European art form is real and reproduces an actual view of the object from the landscape.

(ii) Explain the concept of shanshui.

Ans: Shanshui is a Chinese concept of art which means ‘mountain water’. It is used together to represent the word ‘landscape’. The two complementary poles (yin and yang) of an image reflect the Daoist view.

2. (i) What do you understand by the terms ‘outsider art’ and ‘art brut’ or ‘raw art’?

Ans: ‘Outsider Art’ is the art made by untrained artists, for example children or mentally ill person. ‘Art Brut’ or ‘Raw Art’ is a type of art made by people who are not professionals but they create an art piece with their own depth and understanding and not from the stereotypical form of classical or fashionable art.

(ii) Who was the “untutored genius who created a paradise” and what is the nature of his contribution to art?

Ans: “Untutored genius who created a paradise” was Nek Chand. He was an eighty year old creator – director who made the world famous Rock Garden in Chandigarh. He used everything from a tin to sink or anything which he felt as an art form. One of his famous creations are ‘Women by the Waterfall’.

Talking about the Text

1. Discuss “The Emperor may rule over the territory he has conquered, but only the artist knows the way within.”

Ans: The statement means that the Emperor rules over the territory which he has conquered and have the power but the artist knows the path and mysterious work of the universe. The artist can go beyond the materialistic appearance of objects. No matter how powerful the Emperor was, the artist’s true art form can be seen the way he wants to show them.

2. Discuss “The landscape is an inner one, a spiritual and conceptual space.”

Ans: The statement ‘The landscape is an inner one, a spiritual and conceptual space’ means that a Chinese artist wants the viewer to enter his mind rather than borrowing his eyes to view his art piece.

This requires both physical and mental participation. Viewer can enter the painting from any point and travel from one point to another point. As it is not a real one, it is an inner, spiritual and abstract space of the artist.

Thinking about Language

1. Find out the correlates of Yin and Yang in other cultures.

Ans: In Indian culture, Yin which is receptive and female part and Yang which is Masculine and male part are known as ‘Maya’ and ‘Brahma’. Nature is the Yin and God is the creator of the universe.

Likewise Yin-Yang, the two combination of Maya and Brahma creates a world.

2. What is the language spoken in Flanders?

Ans: French language is spoken in Flanders which is situated in Belgium.

Landscape of the Soul Lesson Grammar Exercises

The following common words are used in more than one sense.


Examine the following sets of sentences to find out what the words, ‘panel’ and ‘essence’ mean in different contexts.

1. (i) The masks from Bawa village in Mali look like long panels of decorated wood.

(ii) Judge H. Hobart Grooms told the jury panel he had heard the reports.

(iii) The panel is laying the groundwork for an international treaty.

(iv) The glass panels of the window were broken.

(v) Through the many round tables, workshops and panel discussions, a consensus was reached.

(vi) The sink in the hinged panel above the bunk drains into the head.

2. (i) Their repetitive structure must have taught the people around the great composer the essence of music.

(ii) Part of the answer is in the proposition; but the essence is in the meaning.

(iii) The implications of these schools of thought are of practical essence for the teacher.

(iv) They had added vanilla essence to the pudding.


1. (i) Board of decorated wood

(ii) Group of people selected to give unanimous verdict on a legal case

(iii) Group of experts

(iv) Window panes

(v) Group discussion

(vi) a flat board fixed with a hinged

2. (i) the intrinsic quality of something which determines its character

(ii) The main part

(iii) Practical importance

(iv) An extract obtained from vanilla plant and used for flavouring agent