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Chinese Painting Style: Media, Methods, and Principles of Form 1st Edition
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It does this through a careful selection of around 40 Chinese paintings that it repeatedly uses to illustrate points carefully demarcated for viewers by thin red lines and reference letters (a, b, c...) so each painting is used to illustrate a diverse range of points. This makes the book leaner than many introductions to Chinese painting (68 pages plus plates), but the result is one turns the last page with a surprising depth of knowledge of how classical Chinese paintings were constructed by their artists and an intimate knowledge of some of the most familiar Chinese paintings (for example, Ni Zan's "The Jung-shi Studio" and Liang Kai's "Huineng Tearing Sutras").
Regardless of one's exposure to classical Chinese painting (however faint or broad), there is plenty to learn, whether it is the date when paper was "first consciously championed as a medium for painting promoted by the Chinese gentry" (11C, page 9) or how to date paintings by how artists depicted a facial characteristic (pre and post-late 8C, page 47). Each reading will reveal more depths of fascinating information, just as each viewing reveals more secrets in a painting.
Highly recommended to anyone wishing to learn more about Chinese painting, and the short but excellent Bibliography at the end will show you the way ahead.Read more ›