Chinese Popular Prints

Chinese Popular Prints

by John Lust
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004104720

ISBN-13: 9789004104723

Pub. Date: 03/01/1996

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

Chinese Popular Prints ventures into the world of Chinese blockprint illustration that had its assured niche in the rich history of Chinese popular culture from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. These prints were not considered high art in China, but were produced for the urban and rural populations.
The book deals with all aspects of the Chinese

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Chinese Popular Prints ventures into the world of Chinese blockprint illustration that had its assured niche in the rich history of Chinese popular culture from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. These prints were not considered high art in China, but were produced for the urban and rural populations.
The book deals with all aspects of the Chinese popular print. In the first two chapters its invention, origins, powerful traditions and its history are described. Classical art and the Ming illustrated book were important impetuses. Three major centres of north and central China emerged. Finally the popular print took on something of the roles of the modern cinema or television.
In the following four chapters the main themes are: the printmakers and printshops; society, symbolism and visual pun; categories of popular prints and their display; technical terms. A description of the workshops and their techniques, figure drawing and colouring, gives a good insight in the technical side of the print. A varied popular culture and a certain realism are strands in it, as are spirit protection of the house, recalls of the past, hopes for the future, the hold of the theatre, etc.
Two elaborate appendices provide much detailed information about persons, symbols, as well as about some images in the lore of the print. A special section of 28 illustrations (8 full colour) demonstrates the potentialities of the Chinese blockprint illustration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004104723
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Series:
Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 4 China Series, #11
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.68(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Chronological periods
Acknowledgements
Map
List of illustrations
Illustrations
Ch. 1Introduction1
1The invention of the Chinese popular print8
2Collectors and collections14
Ch. 2History23
1Origins23
2Ming and Qing periods40
3Early and mid-Qing46
4Other early and mid-Qing centres85
5Last phase (1860s-)101
Ch. 3Three Printmakers and printshops123
1Organization of Printshops125
2The Publics129
3The Master133
4The precepts137
5Materials and Techniques146
Ch. 4Society, symbolism and visual pun181
1The Symbols196
2Visual punning204
Ch. 5Categories of popular prints and their display212
1Surveys213
2Peasantry, Calendars216
3The Child219
4Merchantry220
5Urban, Treaty Ports220
6Theatre222
7Amusements224
8Comedy, Satire225
9Masquerades of Beasts, Bird, Fish or Insect226
10Politics, Foreign Relations228
11Religion, Exorcism233
12Offshoots237
13Display238
Ch. 6Technical terms242
1New Year Prints242
2Historical terms243
3The modern trade244
4Categories245
5Votive prints248
6Production and Techniques251
7Forms of Prints254
8Distribution255
9Appearance and Weaponry256
Appendix One Guide to persons, symbols, puns, etc.259
Appendix Two Some images in the lore of the print293
Bibliography327
Index337

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