Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting / Edition 1

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From Neolithic painted petroglyphs, early paintings on silk, and landscapes by twelfth-century literati to the traditional handscrolls being produced today, Chinese painting has always had the power to enthrall. This magnificent book, written by a team of eminent international scholars, is the first to recount the history of Chinese painting over a span of some three thousand years. Drawing on museum collections, archives, and archaeological sites in China - including many resources never before available to Western scholars - as well as on collections in other countries, the authors present and analyze the very best examples of Chinese painting: more than 300 of them are reproduced here in color. Both accessible to the general reader and revelatory for the scholar, the book provides the most up-to-date and detailed history of China's pictorial art available today.
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This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date single-volume account of Chinese painting from prehistoric times to the present.
Library Journal
In this major work of scholarship, six top China scholars from the United States and China present their varied assessments as well as a panoramic view on the development of Chinese pictorial arts grounded in Chinese cultural tradition and artistic practice. Through analyzing masterpieces from Neolithic painted petroglyphs, early paintings on silk, and landscapes by 12th-century literati to traditional handscrolls created in modern times, the authors showcase the riches of Chinese pictorial heritage. Comprehensively covering mainstream traditional Chinese paintings, they also touch upon often neglected areas such as women artists and works featuring common people, though folk paintings are not mentioned. The inclusion of more than 250 stunningly beautiful color plates and 75 black-and-white reproductions make this one of the most complete and best-illustrated works on the topic of Chinese pictorial art available to both general readers and scholars. The inaugural volume of a projected 75-volume series on Chinese culture, this is highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries.Lucia S. Chen, NYPL
Kirkus Reviews
"One should learn from nature and paint the image in one's mind." No, this is not the credo of a Western impressionist but of Zhang Zao, an eighth-century Chinese painter. Anyone familiar with the ethereal nature of the landscape painting, the delicacy of bird, branch, and flower in pen-and-ink drawings, will recognize the influence of Zhang Zao's notion in Chinese painting. As Barnhart, an art historian at Yale, and his collaborators (several of them on the staff of the Palace Museum in Beijing) show, this artistic tradition has its origins in the Asian equivalent of the Lascaux cave paintings, dating back to the Neolithic era. The history of this exceptional art, its practitioners and their technique, and the metaphorical significance attributed to the artworks are all discussed in illuminating detail, ending with the contemporary neoclassical works that draw on tradition but add a modern flavor. The text is accompanied by 300 fine color and 25 black-and-white reproductions of extraordinary works, many never before available in the West. Consider this the Janson's of Chinese painting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300094473
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: The Culture and Civilization of China Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 607,536
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 11.98 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Chronology and Reign Period
Map of China
Approaches to Chinese Painting 1
The Origins of Chinese Painting (Paleolithic Period to Tang Dynasty) 15
The Five Dynasties and the Song Period (907-1279) 87
The Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) 139
The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) 197
The Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) 251
Traditional Chinese Painting in the Twentieth Century 299
Notes 355
Glossary 365
Artists by Period 371
Further Readings 385
List of Contributors 389
Acknowledgments 390
Index 391
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