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These two current overviews of Chinese art take very different approaches. Keeper of the Department of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Tregear offers a chronologically organized work that covers its topic in brief survey form, using representative examples of bronzes, painting, laquerware, ceramics, jade, and stone carving. The book is so brief and the sweep is so broad that a reader not already familiar with the general outline of Chinese history and common Chinese terms may have trouble forming a coherent picture, particularly in regard to the earliest centuries covered. Significantly, Tregear leaves out the important find of a cache of figures at Shanxingdui in 1986, which has been of enormous importance in broadening the known range of cultures in ancient China. On the other hand, she provides an excellent section on 20th-century Chinese art, an area neglected by many of the standard histories. Clunas's (history of art, Univ. of Sussex) approach, by contrast, involves a more critical, theoretical inquiry into Western notions of Chinese art. He eschews a chronological arrangement in favor of thematic chapters on art at court, in the tomb, in the temple, in the life of the elite, and in the marketplace. He makes a point of including objects that have been considered masterpieces intermixed with other less well-known works. He is concerned throughout his text with issues of the historical place of art in Chinese society and with how that society evaluated various objects. The finds at Shanxingdui are mentioned, and some attention is paid to 20th-century work, though not as much in Tregear's survey. Both of these titles have merits as overviews of Chinese art and both could be used by students as well as interested lay readers. If your library can afford only one work, Clunas's is the more up-to-date, both in approach to its material and in selection of works to discuss.?Kathryn Wekselman, Univ. of Cincinnati Lib., Ohio
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An excellent and remarkably comprehensive survey of the arts of China....I cannot recommend this book too highly to all who take an interest in China. -- China Now
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Product Details

  • Series: World of Art
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Revised edition (May 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500202990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500202999
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By David Kirchner II on April 5, 2000
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If you, like millions of westerners, have found within yourself an intense curiosity for, and resonance with, the orient, but have been intimidated by the breadth of the subject matter, this book is an excellent way to "get your feet wet." Tregear wrote Chinese Art for the interested reader, not for art critics. Her book is scholarly, insightful, and very engaging. She has done well to write not only about painting and sculpture, but about landscaping, architecture and textiles as well, offering the reader a truly comprehensive survey of this magnificent artistic tradition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lihua Jin on July 8, 2013
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This is a great book, especially for beginners.This book introduces Chinese art chronologically and the illustrations help me a lot to understand and enjoy Chinese arts. The only pity is that only few of the illustrations are in color. But at this price, I don't complain, and I think it's worthwhile to have this book as an introduction level one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yan on January 30, 2013
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it's brand new book and the latest edition. i bought this for art class. the shipment was fast and the product wrapped well. it contains a great deal of information and helps me to learn more and deeper about Chinese art. I love it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Siobhan on February 1, 2014
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Very useful primer on Chinese Art with photos that work well to explain the points it makes on various descriptions of Chinese Art styles and periods.
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