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The Chinese on the Art of Painting: Texts by the Painter-Critics, from the Han Through the Ch'ing Dynasties

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Because so many Chinese artworks have been ravaged by time, the only way to really understand their history and significance is to turn to writings by the painters themselves or by contemporary critics. That is what Osvald Sirén has done in this classic book, with eye-opening results.

One of the first Western studies to systematically cover the more than two thousand years of Chinese art, this book by a modern expert considers a wide range of topics, including the relationship between religion and art and the different aesthetic philosophies prevalent in different periods. The book covers art works from the Han (third century B.C.) to the Tang dynasties; the Sung period; aspects of Chan Buddhism and its relation to painting; the Yüan period; historical theories, methods of study, and aesthetic principles of the Ming dynasty; and individual departures and reassertion of traditional principles during the Ching period.

Readable and intriguing, this volume is a valuable reference for art lovers and historians.

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One of the first Western systematic studies on more than two thousand years of Chinese art by a premier expert in the field. Includes comments by noted landscapists, poet-painters, historians, and theoreticians during the Sung dynasty, methods of study and aesthetic principles of the Ming period, and more. 7 black-and-white plates of illustrations.

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"The most notable publication [on Chinese art] ... Still a good reference source."

--Smithsonian Institution

In one of the first Western systematic studies on more than two millennia of Chinese art, one of the 20th century's premier experts in the field considers a wide range of topics, including the relationship between religion and art, and the various aesthetical philosophies prevalent during the individual dynastic periods.

Table of Contents

Introduction

From the Han to the T'ang Dynasty

The Sung Period

  Landscapists and Poet-Painters

  Historians and Theoreticians

Ch'an Buddhism and its Relation to Painting

The Yüan Period

The Mind Period

  Historical Theories and Methods of Study

  Aesthetic Principles and Technical Questions

The Ch'ing Period

  New Individual Departures

  Traditional Principles Reasserted

Appendixes

Index of Chinese Names, Terms and Books

Product Details

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9780486444284
Author:
Siren, Osvald
Publisher:
Dover Publications
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Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
China
Subject:
Art criticism
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Painting, Chinese
Subject:
Art criticism - China
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Fine Art, History of Art
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 plates
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 69 lb

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One of the first Western systematic studies on more than two thousand years of Chinese art by a premier expert in the field. Includes comments by noted landscapists, poet-painters, historians, and theoreticians during the Sung dynasty, methods of study and aesthetic principles of the Ming period, and more. 7 black-and-white plates of illustrations.

"Synopsis" by ,
"The most notable publication [on Chinese art] ... Still a good reference source."

--Smithsonian Institution

In one of the first Western systematic studies on more than two millennia of Chinese art, one of the 20th century's premier experts in the field considers a wide range of topics, including the relationship between religion and art, and the various aesthetical philosophies prevalent during the individual dynastic periods.

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